According to the American Cancer Society there will be about 7,600 new cases of Hodgkin's disease and about 53,400 cases of
NHL diagnosed during 2003. These two main types of lymphomas, Hodgkin's disease and non-Hodgkin's lymphomas (NHL) are different
diseases that both arise from the lymph node tissues in the body. In fact, there are many, many types of NHL.
The different types of lymphomas can be distinguished
from each other by looking at the cells under
a microscope. Because lymph tissue is found in
many parts of the body, lymphoma can start nearly
anywhere. The lymph nodes become enlarged and
the cancer can spread through the lymph system.
Regardless of the type of cell, early diagnosis and appropriate treatment is key to a patient's long term well-being - which
is how PET scanning can help in the areas of diagnosis, staging and restaging of the disease.
Shoder H. et al. Journal of Nuclear Medicine, Vol42, pp. 1139-43, Aug 2001
Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma Case Study