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Neuropathy
Damage to the nerves, which may occur as a complication of anti-leukemia treatment. It usually affects the peripheral nerves (nerves to the arms and legs) and may be reversible when treatment is stopped or reduced.

Neutropenia
A condition in which the neutrophil count is reduced. It may be caused by high dose chemotherapy and carries an increased risk of infection.

Neutrophil
The most common type of cell within the granulocyte group of white blood cells.

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
A group of lymphomas, which differ in important ways from Hodgkin's disease and are, classified according to the microscopic appearance of the cancer cells. The disease is classified as either indolent (slowly growing) or aggressive (rapidly growing) and may be treated in a variety of ways depending on the exact diagnosis.

 

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The information in this glossary is cited with permission from the Leukemia Research Foundation web site.

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