DNA is an important focus in lymphoma research
Researchers are currently studying how DNA changes inside normal lymphocytes can cause them to progress into lymphoma cells. Understanding these gene changes can help to clarify why the cells grow too quickly, why they live too long, and why they do not develop into normal, mature cells.
This progress has also led to the development of sensitive tests for detecting and monitoring lymphoma during treatment. One such test, known as the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, can identify lymphoma cells based on particular gene changes. It can be used to determine how to treat the specific lymphoma and whether a relapse is likely down the line.