Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

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.

PET Changes Clinical Management

Shoder H. et al. Journal of Nuclear Medicine, Vol42, pp. 1139-43, Aug 2001

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Case Study