It is best to read this information with our general information about non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). If you have any more questions, you can ask your doctor or nurse at the hospital where you are having treatment.
MALT lymphoma is a slow-growing type of NHL. Like all lymphomas, it is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of the body’s immune system. It develops when white blood cells called B-lymphocytes become abnormal and begin to grow in an uncontrolled way.
MALT lymphoma affects lymphatic tissue called mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT). Mucosa is the name for the tissue that lines some organs in the body.
The most common area for MALT lymphoma to develop is the stomach. But it may start in other parts of the body, including the:
- thyroid gland
- salivary gland