There are many subtypes of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but they can generally be put into one of two broad categories:
- high-grade or aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma where the cancer develops quickly and aggressively
- low-grade or indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma where the cancer develops slowly, and you may not experience any symptoms for many years
Most cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma are treatable, but the success rate will depend on the type of lymphoma being treated. However, you may experience long term problems like infertility or the chance you'll develop a different form of cancer in future.
Your recommended treatment plan will take into consideration your general health and age, because many of the treatments have side effects that can be difficult if you have other health problems.
Survival rates for non-Hodgkin lymphoma vary greatly depending on the exact type, grade and stage of the lymphoma, and the person's age.
Learn more here about the development and quality assurance of healthdirect content.
Last reviewed: December 2017