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Burkitt's Lymphoma in Children

  • Burkitt's lymphoma (also called small noncleaved cell lymphoma) is a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer in the lymphatic system.

    • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma causes the cells in your child’s lymphatic system to abnormally reproduce, eventually causing tumors to grow.

    • Non-Hodgkin disease cells can also spread to other organs and tissues in the body.

    • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is the third most common childhood cancer.

    • It occurs most often in children between the ages of 7 and 11, but can occur at any age from infancy to adulthood.

    • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma affects males almost three times more often than females, and is more common among Caucasian children than among African-American children and children of other races.

    Patients with Burkitt's lymphoma are treated through the Lymphoma Treatment Program at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, an integrated pediatric hematology and oncology partnership between Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital. We utilize the expertise of both Boston Children's Hospital, ranked the #1 children's hospital in the country, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a nationally recognized leader in cancer care and a member of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. Members of our physician team all have specific expertise in pediatric lymphomas. Specific disciplines include oncology, radiation oncology, surgery, interventional and diagnostic radiology, and hematopathology. We treat all forms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and related disorders.

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