Lymphoma of bone is a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, or cancer of the lymph tissue and can occur in many sites in the body. There are several subtypes of lymphoma of bone. The most common types of lymphoma of bone in children are:
Patients with lymphoma of bone are treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center through our Lymphoma Program. Many of our lymphoma specialists are also active researchers, so our patients have access to the very best and up-to-date treatments available. Experts from the Bone & Soft Tissue Program may also help with the care of patients with lymphoma of bone.
Lymphoma of bone can progress slowly or quickly, from days to weeks to many months. Common symptoms include:
Lymphoma of bone may spread to other organs and tissues in the body. An accurate diagnosis is critical to developing the appropriate treatment plan. The most common way to find out the exact kind of lymphoma is a biopsy to obtain tissue from the affected bone.
Once the diagnosis of lymphoma of bone is known or suspected, tests are done to determine the where the lymphoma is in the body. This is also known as “staging”. Common tests include:
Other tests that may be done include:
Blood tests and other tests such as an echocardiogram may be done as part of preparation for treatment. After all necessary tests are completed, doctors will be able to outline the best treatment options, including clinical trials if any are available.
Treatment of lymphoma of bone depends on your child’s situation.