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Pediatric Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Key points about non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) in children

  • NHL is a type of cancer in the lymphatic system. 
  • Symptoms depend on what part of the body is affected and where the tumor is. Common symptoms include painless swelling of lymph nodes, trouble breathing, night sweats, fever and feeling tired.
  • A lymph node biopsy is needed to diagnose NHL. Many other tests are also done.
  • Treatment may include medicines, radiation, stem cell transplants and surgery.

About Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma






Treatment Services

Cancer Surgery

Our expert surgical oncology team provides the full spectrum of surgical treatment for children with cancer.


Chemotherapy is the use of anticancer drugs to treat cancer cells. Learn more about this treatment.


Radiation therapy (also called radiation oncology) uses special kinds of energy waves or particles to fight cancer. Learn more about this treatment.

Children's Team

Children's Team


Catherine Bollard

Catherine Bollard

Director, Center for Cancer and Immunology
Director, Program for Cell Enhancement and Technologies for Immunotherapy
Locations that Treat this Condition

Locations that Treat this Condition

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Our Stories

Our Stories

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Isabel's Story

Daniela and Steven knew something wasn’t right when their 4-year-old daughter, Isabel seemed to have uncharacteristically low energy at her grandparents’ 50th anniversary party. After advice from urgent care, Isabel's parents took her to Children's National where Shana Jacobs, M.D. diagnosed and began treatment for Burkitt lymphoma, a rare and extremely aggressive form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

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Juliana's Story

Janet Meyer couldn’t shake the feeling that something was wrong. Throughout the past year, her daughter Juliana had told her that she felt pain moving throughout her body.



Leukemia Lymphoma Program

We deliver comprehensive care for all blood cancers including chemotherapy, bone marrow transplant and experimental therapeutics.

Blood and Marrow Transplant

Our blood and bone marrow disease experts provide advanced transplant procedures for children and teenagers.


Our oncology (cancer) team provides personalized treatment plans for children with cancer, including access to clinical trials.

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