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  • Our Team

    Experts at The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer are recognized leaders in the research and treatment of lymphomas and blood disorders. Our experienced and dedicated team provides our patients with innovative treatments and the best quality of care possible.

  • Treatment Options

    After reviewing your lab results and accurately diagnosing your stage of lymphoma, a multidisciplinary team of doctors at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center will design a treatment plan tailored for you based based on your age, symptoms and type of lymphoma.

  • Clinical Trials

    Find information about open lymphoma studies offered at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.

Types of Lymphoma

Lymphomas are cancers of lymphocytes, a kind of white blood cell that circulates in the blood or are present in certain tissues such as spleen or lymphoma nodes. Lymphocytes are an important part of the immune system that protects against infections. There are many different types of lymphoma. Some require urgent treatment, others do not require treatment at all. Some are treated with chemotherapy, others with radiation, and sometimes both modalities. Some are curable. Others are not.

  • Hodgkin lymphoma is diagnosed by the presence of Reed-Sternberg cells, which comes from an abnormal B lymphocyte (white blood cell). Hodgkin lymphoma is most common in young adults ages 16 to 34 and in older people ages 55 and older.

  • Non-Hodgkin lymphomas come from either abnormal white blood cells called B cells or T cells. Different kinds of non-Hodgkin lymphomas may have specific genetic markers and are usually associated with chromosome abnormalities. Non-Hodgkin lymphomas are most likely to occur in people age 55 and older.

  • Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma is a fast-growing non-Hodgkin lymphoma that affects a type of white blood cell called B-lymphocytes.

  • Follicular lymphoma is a very slow-growing non-Hodgkin lymphoma that affects a type of white blood cell called B lymphocytes.

  • High-grade B-cell lymphoma is a fast-growing non-Hodgkin lymphoma that affects B cells and shows rearrangements in the MYC gene or BCL2 or BCL6 genes.

  • Peripheral T-cell lymphoma is a set of fast-growing non-Hodgkin lymphoma that affects two types of white blood cells called T cells and natural killer (NK) cells.

  • Cutaneous lymphomas are mostly slow-growing non-Hodgkin lymphomas that appear on the skin with no evidence of disease outside the skin. Primary cutaneous B-cell lymphomas start in white blood cells called B lymphocytes. Cutaneous T-cell lymphomas start in white blood cells called T cells can involve the skin, blood, lymph nodes, and other organs.

  • HIV-associated lymphoma occurs when cancer cells affect the lymph system after HIV infection. These lymphomas can be Hodgkin but are most often non-Hodgkin variety, with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and a B-cell lymphoma called Burkitt or Burkitt-like lymphoma. Johns Hopkins’ Richard Ambinder, M.D, is one of the world's leading experts on HIV-associated cancers

  • Post-transplant lymphomas can occur after transplant of a solid organ like a kidney, lung, liver, or heart, or after some bone marrow or stem cell transplantation. The lymphoma is thought to be caused by the infection of B-cells with the Epstein-Barr virus.

  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia is a cancer that affects white blood cells primarily in the bone marrow and bloodstream, although the lymph system and spleen may also be involved.

  • Bone marrow or blood cell transplant may involve a patient’s own marrow or blood cells or those of a donor. Cellular therapies may involve genetically engineered T cells that have been programmed to specifically attack tumor cells such as CAR-T cells.

Bone Marrow Transplant Program

The Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program at Johns Hopkins is internationally known and it was a Johns Hopkins researcher, George Santos (1928-2001), who more than 40 years ago, established regimens that would lead to bone marrow transplantation -- the process of taking marrow from a healthy donor and injecting it into a patient.


Bone Marrow Transplant and Haploidentical Transplantation

Dr Rick Jones explains the history of bone marrow transplants, the pioneering scientific discovery lead by Johns Hopkins researchers and the current state of this life saving procedure.

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