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What is lymphoma?

Lymphoma is a malignant proliferation of lymphocytes. The classification of different types of lymphoma is complex and evolving as more is learned about their origin and behaviour [1–3]. The diagnosis of lymphoma is made by lymph node, tissue, or bone marrow biopsy.

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  1. Jaffe ES, Barr PM, Smith SM. Understanding the new WHO classification of lymphoid malignancies: why it's important and how it will affect practice. Am Soc Clin Oncol Educ Book. 2017;37:535–46. doi:10.1200/EDBK_175437. PubMed Central
  2. Swerdlow SH, Campo E, Pileri SA, et al. The 2016 revision of the World Health Organization classification of lymphoid neoplasms. Blood. 2016;127(20):2375–90. doi:10.1182/blood-2016-01-643569. PubMed Central
  3. Quintanilla-Martinez L. The 2016 updated WHO classification of lymphoid neoplasias. Hematol Oncol. 2017;35 Suppl 1:37–45. doi:10.1002/hon.2399.  Journal

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