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Childhood Cancers: Burkitt’s Lymphoma

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Burkitt’s LymphomaLymphomas are cancers that develop when malignant cells infiltrate the lymphatic system.

Childhood Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL) develops in the lymph system, which is an integral part of the body’s immune system.

The lymph system consists of:

  • Lymph: A watery substance that contains white blood cells (lymphocytes) that the body needs to fight infections and the growth of tumours
  • Lymph Vessels: This is a network of tubes that collect lymph from different parts of the body and returns it to the blood stream
  • Lymph Nodes: These are small structures that look like beans which store the white blood cells that help the body to fight disease and infection. They are located all along the network of the lymph vessels and are mainly found in the abdomen, neck, pelvis, groin and the underarm.
  • Bone Marrow: This is the soft spongy tissue located in the centre of the large bones of the body…

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