NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Follicular Lymphoma Grade 1-2

14 NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® : Follicular Lymphoma, Grade 1–2, 2017 1 Follicular lymphoma basics Review Review † † The lymphatic system consists of lymph and a network of vessels and organs. It helps kill germs in the body and transports fluids to the bloodstream. † † Lymphomas are cancers that start in lymphocytes within the lymphatic system. Follicular lymphoma starts in B-cells that are from germinal centers found within lymphatic organs. † † Follicular lymphoma is often a slow-growing cancer. It may take years before signs and symptoms appear. † † Incisional or excisional biopsy is needed to diagnose follicular lymphoma. † † The biopsy tissue should be tested by a hematopathologist. The hematopathologist will perform a number of tests that assess for cell type, surface proteins, and maybe genetics.