Burkitt’s lymphoma is a rare type of lymphoma that affects children and adults. It’s more common in males.
Burkitt’s lymphoma develops when the body makes abnormal B-lymphocytes – a type of white blood cell that fights infection. The abnormal lymphocytes build up in one area of the body and form a lump (tumour). Other possible symptoms of BL include night sweats, high temperatures, weight loss and tiredness.
Birkett’s lymphoma is a fast-growing (aggressive) lymphoma and needs to be treated quickly. Intensive chemotherapy is the main treatment. Some people may have a stem cell transplant. But this is an intensive treatment and not appropriate for everyone.