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What Are the Most Common Blood Cancers in Adults?

Understanding the most common blood cancers.

Someone in the United States is diagnosed with a blood cancer every three minutes. The most commonly diagnosed blood cancers are non-Hodgkin lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and multiple myeloma.

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma  

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is a type of cancer that forms in the lymph system, part of the body’s immune system. There are many kinds of NHL that develop from various types of white blood cells, including B cells, T cells, and NK cells. The majority of NHL are B cell in origin. The most common types of NHL in adults are diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, which grows rapidly, and follicular lymphoma, which grows slowly.

What are the symptoms? Although some patients with lymphoma report no physical symptoms, they may be found to have enlarged lymph nodes or abnormal blood counts. Some patients may experience drenching sweats, fever, weight loss (particularly in fast-growing lymphomas), and fatigue.

How is it treated? Treatments may include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, stem cell transplant, or targeted therapy. Some patients with slow-growing lymphomas may be observed in a process called “watchful waiting,” rather than having immediate treatment.

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