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Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma - Survival rates for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

BMJ Group Medical Reference

Below, we've included information about the survival rates of people with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma who got standard treatments.[15] As you read this information, please bear in mind that these numbers are from research. You are not a statistic, and no one can tell you what's going to happen to you.

In the table below, the number on the left is a rating of how serious someone's non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is thought to be. It is called the score for their cancer. The score is based on five things. One point each is given for:

  • Being over 60

  • Having very poor health before they got non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

  • Having high levels of lactate dehydrogenase in their blood

  • Having stage 3 or stage 4 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

  • Having non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in two or more places outside their lymphatic system.

To learn more about scores, see What is my chance of being cured?

The number on the right is the percentage of people with that score who have lived for five years or more.

  • About one-third of people with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma have a score of 0 or 1.

  • About 1 in 7 are in the bottom group, with a score of 4 or 5.

Score of cancer Percentage of people who live for at least five years after treatment
0 or 1 70%
2 50%
3 49%
4 or 5 40%


lymphatic system

The lymphatic system is your body's way of clearing unwanted materials from your blood and tissues. It includes a network of lymph nodes that filter these materials to detect if there is an infection that needs to be dealt with by your immune system.

For more terms related to Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma


For references related to Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma click here.
Last Updated: August 06, 2013
This information does not replace medical advice.  If you are concerned you might have a medical problem please ask your Boots pharmacy team in your local Boots store, or see your doctor.
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