Back to Health A to Z. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of cancer that develops in the lymphatic system, a network of vessels and glands spread throughout your body. Clear fluid called lymph flows through the lymphatic vessels and contains infection-fighting white blood cells known as lymphocytes. In non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the affected lymphocytes start to multiply in an abnormal way and begin to collect in certain parts of the lymphatic system, such as the lymph nodes glands. The affected lymphocytes lose their infection-fighting properties, making you more vulnerable to infection.
Skip to Content. You will also find information about how each subtype may be treated. Use the menu to see other pages. There are different types and subtypes of NHL. It is very important to know which type and subtype has been diagnosed. Below are the most common types and subtypes, including information about how each may be treated.
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of cancer that forms in the lymph system. The lymph system is part of the immune system. It helps protect the body from infection and disease.