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FAQ: What is the difference between Hodgkin’s lymphoma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma?

Hodgkin’s lymphoma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are two distinct types of lymphatic system cancers. One key difference is the specific type of cancer cells involved: Hodgkin’s lymphoma is characterized by the presence of Reed-Sternberg cells, which are large and abnormal lymphocytes, while non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma encompasses a diverse group of lymphatic cancers involving various types of lymphocytes.

Additionally, Hodgkin’s lymphoma typically follows a more predictable pattern of spread through lymph nodes, while non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is more varied in its behavior and can affect lymph nodes and other lymphatic tissues throughout the body. Treatment approaches and prognosis also vary between the two types, making an accurate diagnosis crucial for determining the most effective treatment plan.

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