Grading

 

The grade of the lymphoma refers to the appearance of the lymphoma cells under the microscope.

 

The grade gives an idea of how quickly the lymphoma may grow and develop.

 

Most non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas fall into one of two main categories:

 

Low-grade

 

These have a very slow growth rate and may need little or no treatment for months or possibly years. When they do need treatment they are likely to shrink down, or even disappear completely, but are likely to come back again at some time in the future.

 

High-grade

 

These types grow more quickly. They are more likely to cause symptoms and usually need immediate treatment. However, they are more likely to be completely cured than low-grade lymphomas. The usual treatment is intensive chemotherapy.

 

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