Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

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Memorial Sloan Kettering medical oncologist Matthew Matasar

MSK specialists such as Matthew Matasar, medical oncologist and Medical Site Director of MSK Bergen, have decades of experience caring for patients with lymphoma.

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is the most common type of lymphoma. While it can occur at any age, most people who develop the illness are older adults.

Read more about lymphoma in children or about Hodgkin lymphoma.

There many types of NHL, all of which are divided into two major groups: B cell lymphoma and T cell lymphoma.

Types of B cell lymphoma

B cell lymphoma is much more common. It accounts for about 80 percent of all NHL cases. It includes:

  • diffuse large B-cell lymphoma
  • primary mediastinal B cell lymphoma
  • follicular lymphoma
  • small lymphocytic lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia
  • marginal zone lymphoma
  • mantle cell lymphoma
  • Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia
  • Burkitt lymphoma

Types of T cell lymphoma

T cell lymphoma accounts for approximately 15 percent of all cases of NHL in the United States. The most common types of T cell lymphoma include:

  • peripheral T cell lymphoma not otherwise specified 
  • anaplastic large cell lymphoma
  • angioimmunoblastic lymphoma
  • cutaneous T cell lymphoma

There are also several types of relatively rare T cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Central Nervous System (CNS) Lymphoma
If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma, Memorial Sloan Kettering is ready to help. Learn more about how we treat this rare cancer.