Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that affects your lymphatic system, an important part of your immune system which helps to protect your body from infection and disease.
If you have lymphoma, it means your body is making too many lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. Your lymphocytes also live longer than they should. This overload compromises your immune system.
Lymphoma can develop in many parts of your body, including your lymph nodes, bone marrow, blood, spleen and other organs.
The two main types of lymphoma are:
Doctors will normally only offer you a transplant if you’ve had other treatment first and the lymphoma has come back. You’re most likely to have an autologous transplant - this means that doctors use your own stem cells.
Doctors may consider offering you an allograft transplant – when your new stem cells are donated from someone else – if:
Renate had a bone marrow transplant to treat her Burkitt’s lymphoma (a very rare form of cancer) in 2012. Read her story here.