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Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

A dramatic development in diagnostics for non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) has occurred during the last 10-15 years. New advances in immunology and cytogenetics/DNA technology and especially immunophenotyping have provided better classification and more precise diagnosis, for the patient. 

NHL is separated into 25 subgroups of importance for treatment and prognosis. Histological types are more important for prognosis and choice of treatment than clinical stage (except for stage I). This is partly due to the fact that about 2 out of 3 patients have advanced disease (stages III or IV) and partly because chemotherapy plays a more important role than radiation therapy. 

Incidence  

In 2013, there were 971 patients diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The disease is slightly more prevalent in men than women.

 

Age-specific incidence of non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, 2009–2013.

Source: Cancer Registry of Norway

 

 

Incidence of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, 1954–2013.

Source: Cancer Registry of Norway

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