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Lymphoma, Burkitt

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    Burkitt lymphoma is a fast-growing type of B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma that occurs most often in children and young adults. The disease may affect the jaw, central nervous system, kidneys, ovaries, or other organs. Learn about Burkitt lymphoma and find information on how we support and care for children and teens with Burkitt lymphoma before, during, and after treatment.

The Hematologic Malignancy Center at Dana-Farber Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is one of the top pediatric leukemia and lymphoma treatment centers in the world. In addition to treating lymphomas and leukemias, our center treats the primary types of histiocytosis.

All members of our treatment team — including oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, stem cell transplant physicians and oncology nurses — have specific expertise in pediatric hematologic malignancies. Many of our specialists are recognized as national leaders in their field.

Our clinical research program enables us to offer innovative clinical trials for children of all ages and with many forms of hematologic malignancies. Our clinical team works closely with researchers to develop new treatments based on the latest scientific discoveries.

Our services include:

  • expert hematopathologic evaluation using advanced diagnostic techniques
  • an individualized treatment plan tailored to your child's needs
  • an internationally recognized pediatric stem cell transplant program
  • innovative treatment options for all types of pediatric hematologic malignancies

Additional support services for our patients include:

  • psychologists and social workers for all patients, siblings and parents
  • complementary therapies consultation and treatment integrated into the comprehensive care plan
  • the services of other specialists as needed, including experts in cardiology, pulmonary, endocrinology, reproductive and gynecologic services, neurology, anesthesia, dermatology, nutrition, and physical therapy
  • a survivorship clinic that offers clinical and support resources to address the medical and psychosocial challenges of being a cancer survivor.

Learn more about our Hematologic Malignancy Center.

Burkitt Lymphoma

Burkitt lymphoma is a cancer of mature B-lymphocytes. It is a form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which is a type of cancer that originates in cells of the immune system, called lymphocytes. Burkitt lymphoma is the most common type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in children. It often grows first in the lymph tissue of the head and neck, including the tonsils, or in the abdomen. It grows rapidly, so symptoms often progress very quickly and children can become quite sick within a few days to weeks. Today, more than 90% of children with Burkitt lymphoma are cured of the disease.

Burkitt Lymphoma Treatment at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's

Children with Burkitt lymphoma are treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's through our Lymphoma Program. One of the top pediatric cancer centers worldwide, Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s combines the expertise of a premier cancer center — Dana-Farber Cancer Institute — and a world-class children’s hospital – Boston Children’s Hospital – to provide internationally-renowned care for children with cancers of the blood and immune system.

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Find more in-depth information on Burkitt Lymphoma on the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s website, including Hodgkin lymphoma causes, diagnosis, treatment and latest research.

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