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Burkitt lymphoma

Burkitt lymphoma is a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a form of blood cancer.

Burkitt lymphoma at a glance

Burkitt lymphoma is a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). You might hear it called high-grade NHL, which means it progresses quickly and needs treatment straight away.

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The main symptom of Burkitt lymphoma is having swollen lymph nodes (glands). Other symptoms depend on where the lymphoma cells collect.

Your doctors will need to run a series of different tests before they can make a diagnosis. This can include a bone marrow or lymph node biopsy, genetic testing and scans.

Read more about the symptoms and diagnosis of Burkitt lymphoma.

Most people with Burkitt lymphoma are treated with a combination of chemotherapy and immunotherapy, (immuno-chemotherapy).

Find out more about treatment and side effects for Burkitt lymphoma.

For many people, treatment for Burkitt lymphoma can get rid of the cancer cells. But your outlook is very individual and will depend on your age, personal circumstances, and the stage of the lymphoma.

Read our general information about things that might affect your prognosis for Burkitt lymphoma.

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