Burkitt Lymphoma: The Curable Challenge


  • Adam J. Olszewski, MD Department of Medicine, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI Division of Hematology-Oncology, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI




Among the multiple subtypes of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Burkitt lymphoma (BL) holds a unique position as the most aggressive mature B-cell malignancy. Named after the British physician who first described rapidly growing jaw and abdominal tumours in Ugandan children in 1958, BL is now understood to be a highly proliferative lymphoma arising from B-cells in the dark-zone germinal centre. BL is driven by the hallmark genomic lesion (IG::MYC rearrangement) and occurs in specific epidemiologic and clinical contexts.

Author Biography

Adam J. Olszewski, MD, Department of Medicine, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI Division of Hematology-Oncology, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI

Dr. Adam Olszewski is Associate Professor of Medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and an oncologist specializing in the management of lymphoma. He is a faculty member at the Lifespan Cancer Institute at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI, a Research Scholar of the American Cancer Society and a Scholar in Clinical Research of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. His research has also been supported by the American Society of Hematology and the National Institutes of Health. His focus is on clinical trials and observational studies, particularly developing immunotherapies and molecularly targeted approaches for the treatment of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, as well as molecular correlates of responsiveness to these therapies.


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How to Cite

Olszewski AJ. Burkitt Lymphoma: The Curable Challenge. Can Hematol Today [Internet]. 2024 Apr. 25 [cited 2024 Jun. 19];3(1):18–22. Available from: https://canadianhematologytoday.com/article/view/3-1-Olszewski