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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

®

Peripheral T-cell Lymphoma, Version 1.2016

You’ve learned that you have or may

have peripheral T-cell lymphoma.

It’s common to feel shocked and

confused. Part 1 reviews some

basics that may help you learn about

this lymphoma and start to cope.

These basics may also help you start

planning for treatment.

What is the lymphatic system?

The lymphatic system is one of 13 systems of the

human body. It transports fluids to the bloodstream

and fights germs. As such, it supports your blood-

flowing (cardiovascular) and disease-fighting

(immune) systems.

Cells are the building blocks of tissue in the body. The

spaces between cells are filled with fluid. This fluid

is called interstitial or tissue fluid. Most tissue fluid

comes from parts of blood plasma that have passed

out of blood vessels. Cells also release waste and

other products into tissue fluid.

When tissue fluid increases, it drains into vessels.

Almost all of tissue fluid drains back into blood

vessels. The rest of it drains into lymph vessels.

Once inside of lymph vessels, tissue fluid is called

lymph. Lymph travels in lymph vessels back to the

bloodstream.

The lymphatic system also collects fat and some

vitamins from your gut. After you eat, your stomach

turns food into a liquid. Then, the liquid drains into

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PTCL basics

6 What is the lymphatic system?

8 What is PTCL?

10 Do I have PTCL?

12 Review