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Q: How fast does lymphoma grow?

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There are many types of lymphoma, some slow-growing and others that spread quickly. One of the less common types, Hodgkin lymphoma, tends to be more aggressive, but often is easily treated. The more common type is non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which is grouped by subtypes based on how quickly they grow:

  • Indolent lymphomas, such as follicular lymphoma, grow and spread slowly, and may not need treatment right away.

  • Aggressive fast-growing lymphomas, such as diffuse large B cell lymphoma, spread quickly and need immediate treatment.

  • Other lymphomas, such as mantle cell lymphoma, can have cases that are either slow-growing or aggressive.

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