Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is cancer of the lymph tissue. This tissue is found in the lymph nodes, spleen and other organs that are part of the immune system. White blood cells, or lymphocytes, are found in lymph tissue and help prevent infections. Lymphomas usually start in a type of white blood cells called B lymphocytes, or B cells. Unlike Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma most often affects adults, and it occurs in men more than women. There are several types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and while the cause isn't known, it can develop in people with weakened immune systems, such as organ recipients and those infected with HIV.
UAB Medicine recently launched a dedicated Lymphoma Program within the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB to merge the expertise of a variety of specialists. A joint effort between the Department of Hematology/Oncology and the Department of Medicine, the lymphoma program offers the absolute latest in medical technology for treating and screening for the various kinds of lymphoma. The program also actively participates in clinical trials of promising new lymphoma treatments, including some that are not available at other medical centers.
The Lymphoma Program’s interdisciplinary team includes nationally known physicians who are experts in hematology, medical oncology, bone marrow transplant, hematopathology, radiation oncology, integrative medicine, surgical oncology, and survivorship. The program’s research team is dedicated to improving treatments and finding a cure for Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other blood disorders and cancers in adults, including myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), which are a group of disorders that prevent bone marrow from producing enough healthy blood cells.
Because UAB is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), we are involved in the development of national practice guidelines for lymphoma treatment. We are a regional center of excellence, and thanks to our active research program, we often can help patients enroll in clinical trials. Some of these treatments may even be offered at our convenient neighborhood health center on Acton Road off I-459. UAB also offers a broad array of supplemental resources for lymphoma patients, including the Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic.
UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials for the diagnosis and treatment of non-hodgkin lymphoma. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.View Clinical Trials