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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is MALT lymphoma?

MALT lymphoma a form of lymphoma (cancer of lymph system) from any mucosal site frequently the stomach. It arises from the immune cells of mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT). MALT is lymphoid tissue aggregates found in mucosal membrane like gastrointestinal tract, nose, throat, thyroid, breast, lung, salivary glands, eye, and skin.

Symptoms of MALT lymphoma

  • History of Helicobacter pylori infection

  • Upset tummy / upper abdominal discomfort

  • Swollen lymph nodes, usually small swellings at the neck, armpits, groin and behind the ears

  • Recent weight loss

  • Fatigue

Questions your doctor may ask to check for MALT lymphoma

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose MALT lymphoma

  • Have you ever been diagnosed with a Helicobacter pylori​ infection?

  • Do you have discomfort (but not pain) around the upper part of your abdomen /stomach? Such as an upset tummy?

  • Do you feel your lymph nodes are swollen and enlarged?

  • Have you lost weight recently?

  • Do you feel fatigued?

Treatment for MALT lymphoma

The majority of cases with MALT lymphoma are cured by antibiotics, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy or a combination of treatments.

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References

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  • Raderer M, Kiesewetter B, Ferreri AJ. Clinicopathologic characteristics and treatment of marginal zone lymphoma of mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT lymphoma). CA Cancer J Clin. 2016 Mar-Apr;66(2):153-71. doi: 10.3322/caac.21330. Epub 2015 Nov 24. PMID: 26773441.

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  • Marcelis L, Tousseyn T, Sagaert X. MALT Lymphoma as a Model of Chronic Inflammation-Induced Gastric Tumor Development. Curr Top Microbiol Immunol. 2019;421:77-106. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-15138-6_4. PMID: 31123886.

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