Its most common symptom is a painless swelling in a lymph node, normally in the neck, armpit or groin.
The day his diagnosis was confirmed -- December 27, 2012 -- is etched into Hutchins' memory.
"I called Andy and spoke to him about it," said Hutchins, who got engaged to his longtime girlfriend Lindsay Wood in February. "Andy was saying, 'You're going to be better after this, you're going to be stronger, you're going to be a far tougher person and tennis player.'
"Obviously my fiancee was upset. I'd actually warned her that it was going to be this.
"She was amazing, she'd been through cancer in her family with one of her parents so she knew what it was all about, so she was like a rock for me.
"I love her to bits and I can't thank her enough. She was great and she was supportive, but that was initially a tough moment."
Hutchins has been overwhelmed with messages of support from well wishers from across the world since he announced his condition at the end of last year.
Far from being a household name in the world of tennis, the 28-year-old, who grew up a stone's throw away from Wimbledon, can barely believe the public's reaction.
"It's something that I can't really express in words," said Hutchins. "I've still got all the letters and all the cards in my living room and they mean so much to me.
"People who have taken time from three-year-old kids who have written or drawn pictures to me, to people who have done montages, it's been incredible. A lot of them will remain in my heart forever, because it's something you don't expect."
Murray, in particular, has been a rock for Hutchins -- showing a more sensitive side than their usual joking banter.
"We don't normally have too many serious conversations," he added. "I've needed a different side of Andy but we're closer than ever."
Hutchins completed his chemotherapy sessions last week and was courtside as Murray won the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club on Sunday.
The two appeared on court, after the world No. 2's final win over Marin Cilic, at the Rally Against Cancer charity match alongside Tim Henman, Murray's coach Ivan Lendl, Tomas Berdych and a host of celebrities.
Murray donated his $115,000 winner's prize to the charity, which supports the Royal Marsden hospital where Hutchins was treated.
"Ross has handled it all so well," Murray told CNN in his typical understated manner. "He has a great family and he's been so positive. Hopefully he'll go for his scan and it will all be OK."
Hutchins will be tested in mid-July to see if the cancer has been defeated, while a final verdict will come in late September or October following another scan.
After that, there is the small matter of his wedding at the end of November, at which Murray will be best man.
Murray is taking charge of planning the bachelor party along with Hutchins' brother -- a task he was expecting, according to his close friend.
"I think Andy kind of knew it was coming," said Hutchins.
"When I got engaged I think he knew it was going to be him and then I said to him, 'You know it would mean a lot to me,' knowing how supportive he has been over the years.
"He kind of jumped to it, he was like 'Great, it means a lot to me, let's do it and let me know if you need me for anything else.'