What Is Burkitt Lymphoma?

Q:
What is burkitt lymphoma?

A:
Burkitt lymphoma is a cancer that starts in immune cells called B-cells. It is a form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

If left untreated, burkitt lymphoma can rapidly be fatal, because it is recognized as the fastest growing human tumor.

Burkitt lymphoma occurs mostly in children in Africa, however, it is a rare disease in US.

There are three types of burkitt lymphoma:

  • Endemic burkitt lymphoma: Primarily affects African children ages 4 to 7.
  • Sporadic burkitt lymphoma: It occurs worldwide.
  • Immunodeficiency-associated burkitt lymphoma: It can be found mostly in HIV patients or organ transplant patients who take immunosuppressive drugs.

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