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a. give an overview of the lymphatic system
b. decribe the anatomical tissues and organs that comprise the lymphatic system
c. describe how familiarity with the system aids in cancer management

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lymphatic system
a. give an overview of the lymphatic system
b. decribe the anatomical tissues and organs that comprise the lymphatic system
c. describe how familiarity with the system aids in cancer management

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The lymphatic system is a system of tubes called lymph vessels or lymphatic vessels that run through the body. The lymphatic system contain the tonsils, the thymus, the lymph vessels, the spleen, and the bone marrow. (1)

The lymphatic system resembles the circulatory system in that the tubes or vessels branch out through all part of the body, which is analogous to arteries and veins that carry blood to all parts of the body. In contrast to the circulatory system which have tubes that carry blood, the lymphatic system have tubes that are thinner and carry a colorless liquid called lymph. The lymph is a clear fluid that circulate around the body tissues, and contain many lymphocytes or white blood cells. (1) The connection between blood and the lymph is that plasma in the blood leaks out of capillaries to surround and bathe the body tissues. The plasma then drains into the lymph vessels, which is now called lymph. (1) The lymph flows through the lymphatic system to the largest lymph ...

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Our bodies have a network of lymph nodes and lymph vessels that collect foreign particles in the body tissues outside of the bloodstream. Lymph vessels resemble veins and arteries that carry blood to all parts of the body. However, the lymph vessels carry a clear liquid called lymph instead. Lymph contains oxygen and nutrients that when they flow out of the capillaries walls to bath the cells with nutrients. Lymph nodes work as filters for foreign substances. Lymph nodes have white blood cells that fight off bacteria or virus infections.

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