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What is the difference between leukemia and lymphoma?


(Jenna Fletcher/ Medical News Today) — Cancer can affect any part of the body, including the blood. Leukemia and lymphoma are both forms of blood cancer. The main difference is that leukemia affects the blood and bone marrow, while lymphomas tend to affect the lymph nodes.

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

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

Leukemia occurs when the bone marrow produces too many abnormal white blood cells. It is typically a slow-growing cancer, though there are cases where it progresses faster.

If a person has leukemia, their abnormal white blood cells do not die off in a normal cycle. Instead, the white blood cells multiply rapidly, eventually leaving less room for red blood cells required to carry oxygen through the body. (…)

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