What Is Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma ?

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What is diffuse large B-cell lymphoma?

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As the most common type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) worldwide, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) accounts for approximately 20% of all new cases in the US. However, it is also the one with relatively higher possibility to be cured.

DLBCL is an aggressive NHL in which B-lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell, are affected. These white blood cells can produce antibodies and then use these antibodies to fight infections. DLBCL can develop in and outside the lymph nodes. Other parts or organs of the body like the gastrointestinal tract, thyroid, skin, bone and brain are also likely to have DLBCL.

The incidence of DLBCL increases with age. Although some children can develop the disease, the seniors over 60 are the most vulnerable with most diagnosis.

 

Keywords: diffuse large b cell lymphoma

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