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What is the difference between leukemia and lymphoma?

Cancer can affect any part of the body, including the blood. Leukemia and lymphoma are both forms of blood cancer, but they affect the body in different ways.

The main difference is that leukemia affects the blood and bone marrow, while lymphomas mainly affect the lymph nodes.

Though there are some similarities between the two types of cancer, their causes and origins, symptoms, treatment, and outlook are different.

In this article, we look at the similarities and differences between leukemia and lymphoma.

What are leukemia and lymphoma?

Leukemia and lymphoma are two types of cancer that affect the blood and the immune system. Both typically affect the white blood cells.


Leukemia is cancer of the cells in bone marrow that form blood. It usually affects white blood cells, although it can affect other blood cells in some cases.

There are different types of leukemia, depending on how fast it develops and the type of cells it starts in.

The types of leukemia include:

Chronic leukemia develops more slowly, while acute cancers start suddenly and develop rapidly. Leukemia can affect children and adults, depending on the type.


Lymphoma starts in the immune system and affects the lymph nodes and lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. The two main types of lymphocytes are B cells and T cells.

The two main types of lymphoma are Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. They affect different types of white blood cells.

Under a microscope, cells known as Reed-Sternberg cells will be visible if a person has Hodgkin lymphoma. A person with non-Hodgkin lymphoma will not have these cells in their blood. ……………….. …………………… Continue Reading ……………….. ……………………

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