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AIDS-related lymphoma

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Background

  • Lymphoma describes a group of cancers that affect the lymphatic system, which is part of the body's immune defense system. This type of cancer may develop when lymphocytes are not produced properly, causing abnormal cells to accumulate either by duplicating faster or living longer than normal. When these abnormal cells accumulate, they displace normal lymphocytes.
  • Cancerous lymphocytes, like healthy lymphocytes, are able to grow in many areas of the body, including the spleen, lymph nodes, bone marrow or blood. Since lymph tissue is found throughout the body, the cancer cells may spread to other organs and tissues.
  • AIDS-related lymphoma occurs when cancer cells are present in the lymph system of a patients who has AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome).
  • AIDS is caused by HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), which attacks and weakens the immune system. HIV and AIDS patients have an increased risk of developing infections, lymphoma and other types of cancer. In most cases, a person with HIV infection who develops lymphoma is subsequently diagnosed with AIDS. Sometimes people are diagnosed with AIDS and AIDS-related lymphoma at the same time.
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Causes

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Symptoms

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Stages

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Diagnosis

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Staging

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Treatment

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New Research

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Integrative Therapies

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Prevention

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References

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