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Using Velcade for Mantle Cell LymphomaMantle cell lymphoma is a type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the white blood cells (lymphocytes). It occurs when the lymphocytes begin to grow without any control or order.
There are many different types of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and these types can generally be categorized based on the kind of lymphocyte affected. The two main types of lymphocytes that can turn into lymphoma are B-lymphocytes (or B-cells) and T-lymphocytes (or T-cells).
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma can also be categorized based on whether the cancer is indolent (slow-growing) or aggressive (fast-growing).
Mantle cell lymphoma is a rare type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. It is an aggressive B-cell lymphoma. The cancerous cells start in a certain area of the lymph node known as the mantle zone and may spread to other areas of the body, including other lymph nodes, the bone marrow, and the digestive tract.
Velcade is approved to treat mantle cell lymphoma in people who have previously been treated with at least one other medication. It can be used alone or in combination with other chemotherapy medicines.