What is Burkitt Lymphoma?

Burkitt lymphoma is a form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma which is a type of cancer that starts in the b-cells. Burkitt lymphoma is one of the fastest growing tumors. Burkitt lymphoma attacks the immune system and is fatal if not treated in a timely manner. There are three types of Burkitt’s lymphoma endemic, sporadic, and immunodeficiency- associated.

What causes Burkitt lymphoma? Who is affected?

The exact cause of Burkitt lymphoma is unknown, but there are factors associated with the disease such as Epstein-Barr. Individuals who are immunosuppressed have a higher risk factor for Burkitt lymphoma. Burkitt lymphoma primarily affects African children, and malaria may make children more vulnerable.

What are the symptoms of Burkitt lymphoma?

There are many symptoms associated with Burkitt lymphoma, including:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Unexplained fever

How is Burkitt lymphoma treated?

The most common and effective treatment for Burkitt lymphoma is intensive intravenous chemotherapy. Radiation therapy, stem cell therapy, and steroid therapy may be used as other options.

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