When your child is diagnosed with lymphoma, it can be overwhelming. But thanks to advances in care, most forms of lymphoma are highly treatable. Working with a multidisciplinary care team with experience managing your child's lymphoma type is essential for the best outcomes.
What Is Lymphoma?
Lymphoma is cancer that begins in the lymphatic system—affecting immune cells in the lymph nodes, thymus gland, spleen, and bone marrow. These cells, called lymphocytes, begin reproducing rapidly. Eventually, they pervade the organs of the lymphatic system, impeding the development of healthy cells and causing inflammation.
Lymphoma is the third most common cancer in children, after leukemia and brain tumors. There are two main forms of childhood lymphoma: Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is more common in young children, while Hodgkin lymphoma occurs more often in adolescents.
Care at Columbia
At Columbia, our specialists have experience diagnosing and treating all forms of lymphoma in children and adolescents. We're part of NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital—the #1 children's hospital in New York City, according to U.S. News & World Report. Our team takes your child's needs into account to maximize the effectiveness of their care while maintaining their best quality of life.
The Latest Research
Our specialists are helping to develop new and innovative therapies for both Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. As members of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, we are part of one of the leading cancer research centers in the nation. You will have access to promising new treatment options through the latest clinical trials.
We understand the challenges faced by both children and adolescents with lymphoma. We offer support programs for your child and your family to help make life a little easier to manage. And our Adolescent and Young Adult Program is designed to focus on the specific needs of patients during this very important transitional time in their lives.
Conditions We Treat
- Autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome (ALPS)
- Hodgkin lymphoma
- Classical Hodgkin lymphoma
- Nodular lymphocyte-predominant Hodgkin lymphoma
- Lymphadenopathy (enlarged lymph nodes)
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- Anaplastic large cell lymphoma
- Burkitt lymphoma
- Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma
- Lymphoblastic lymphoma
Treatments We Offer
- Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy
- Radiation therapy
- Stem cell transplantation