Types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma
There are a number of different types of NHL. It’s important that your doctors know which type you have, as different lymphomas are treated in different ways.
The most commonly used system groups non-Hodgkin lymphomas into more than 40 different types. We name some of the more common types of NHL in this section.
B-cell and T-cell lymphomas
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Lymphomas are often described as B-cell lymphomas or T-cell lymphomas according to whether they began in B-cell lymphocytes or T-cell lymphocytes.
B-cell lymphomas are much more common than T-cell lymphomas. About 9 out of 10 people diagnosed with NHL have a B-cell lymphoma.
The most common B-cell lymphomas are:
Other, less common, types include:
Only about 1 in 10 non-Hodgkin lymphomas are T-cell lymphomas, so they are much less common.
Types of T-cell lymphoma include:
For other rare types of lymphoma, contact our cancer support specialists who can give you more information.
Indolent and aggressive lymphomas
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Lymphomas are also often grouped as either indolent or aggressive.
Indolent lymphomas (sometimes called low-grade)
These grow very slowly and may need little or no treatment for months or possibly years. Follicular lymphoma is the most common type of indolent NHL.
Aggressive lymphomas (sometimes called high-grade)
These grow more quickly. They usually cause symptoms and need immediate treatment. Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma is the most common type of aggressive lymphoma.