Former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a kind of lymphoma cancer that starts in a type of white blood cell in the body's lymphatic system, according to news reports.

The 72-year-old will receive treatments from a Philadelphia hospital for the cancer, and he said in a statement obtained by the Associated Press that this is "another battle I intend to win." Specter had battled Hodgkin's lymphoma in the past.

Lymphoma is cancer of the body's lymphatic system -- the bone marrow, lymph nodes, thymus gland and spleen, the Mayo Clinic reported. The cancer is capable of spreading throughout the body, according to the National Institutes of Health.

There are many kinds of lymphoma, but the two main kinds are non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and Hodgkin's lymphoma. Both of these types affect the white blood cells, but Hodgkin's lymphoma also has the presence of a Reed-Sternberg cell, a kind of abnormal cell, the Mayo Clinic reported. Hodgkin's lymphoma is also rarer than non-Hodgkin's, of which there are several types.

Lymphoma is expected to affect 79,190 people in the United States this year; 20,130 people in the U.S. are estimated to die from the disease this year, according to the National Cancer Institute.

For some famous faces who have somehow been touched by lymphoma, click through the slideshow:

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  • Michael C. Hall

    The "Dexter" star was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/13/michael-c-hall-cancer-sho_n_422247.html" target="_hplink">treated for Hodgkin's lymphoma</a> in early 2010, the Associated Press reported. His wife told the AP that he was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/23/michael-c-hall-fully-reco_n_550174.html" target="_hplink">"fully recovered"</a> later that year.

  • Joey Ramone

    The Ramones lead vocalist <a href="http://www.spin.com/articles/joey-ramone-too-tough-die" target="_hplink">Joey Ramone</a>, whose real name was Jeffry Ross Hyman, died in 2001 from complications from lymphoma at age 49, <em>SPIN</em> magazine reported. ABC News reported that he had <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/story?id=106630&page=1#.UEpO-qTLyPI" target="_hplink">had the cancer for the six years</a> leading up to his death. <em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jayscollection/4234814324/" target="_hplink">Flickr photo by N0 Photoshop</a>.</em>

  • Ethan Zohn

    The "Survivor" winner was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/03/ethan-zohn-hodgkins-lymphoma_n_1074116.html" target="_hplink">diagnosed again with Hodgkin's lymphoma</a> on Sept. 14 of last year, after having been in remission from the cancer for the previous 20 months. Zohn underwent a <a href="http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-03-01/news/31115030_1_lymphoma-jenna-morasca-true-survivor" target="_hplink">stem cell transplant</a> as a treatment for the cancer earlier this year, the <em>New York Daily News</em> reported.

  • Andy Whitfield

    The "Spartacus: Blood And Sand" actor died at age 39 last year from <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/12/arts/television/andy-whitfield-star-of-spartacus-series-dies-at-39.html" target="_hplink">non-Hodgkin's lymphoma</a>, the <em>New York Times</em> reported. Whitfield had been first diagnosed with the cancer in 2010, which was promptly treated with chemotherapy. But then the <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20606566,00.html" target="_hplink">cancer returned</a>, <em>People</em> magazine reported. In his last few months of life, Whitfield filmed his battle against cancer, which is now being made into a film <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20606566,00.html" target="_hplink">titled "Be Here Now," </a>according to <em>People</em>.

  • Mr. T

    Mr. T, whose real name is <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1544637,00.html" target="_hplink">Laurence Tureaud</a>, was diagnosed in 1995 with T-cell lymphoma, according to <em>People</em> magazine. He is now in remission.

  • Paul Allen

    Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, underwent chemotherapy treatments for <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/16/paul-allen-diagnosed-with_n_360013.html" target="_hplink">non-Hodgkin's lymphoma</a> -- specifically large B-cell lymphoma -- in 2009, according to the Associated Press. CNN reported that he had previously <a href="http://articles.cnn.com/2009-11-16/tech/paul.allen.cancer_1_diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma-hodgkin-paul-allen?_s=PM:TECH" target="_hplink">beaten Hodgkin's lymphoma</a> in 1983.

  • Dave Camp

    The Republican representative from Michigan, who is also the House's tax-writing committee chairman, announced his diagnosis with <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/28/dave-camp-cancer_n_1714437.html" target="_hplink">non-Hodgkin's lymphoma</a> earlier this summer, and is now undergoing chemotherapy, the Associated Press reported. He specifically has large B-cell lymphoma.

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    Dr. Rosen describes the treatment options for non-Hodgkin lymphoma/NHL.