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Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Diagnosis  

Signs and symptoms are not sufficient to confirm you have non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Other more specific procedures will be performed to confirm the diagnosis; your doctor will recommend the following tests:   

 

  • Physical examination - your physician will exam your body looking for signs indicating non-Hodgkin lymphoma: swollen lymph nodes in the neck, armpit or groin areas. In addition, he will ask you questions about your medical history.  
  • Blood test - a blood test is needed to confirm or rule out other infections that can cause swollen lymph nodes, HIV / AIDS for example. The blood test is also important to count your blood cells.  
  • Bone marrow Biopsy – Bone marrow is often affected in the case of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. laboratory analysis of a sample of your bone marrow is necessary to determine not only the lymphoma but also its stage.   
  • Lymph node biopsy – this is an important test to determine the morphology (low grade, intermediate grade or high grade) of the lymph nodes; during the test, your physician will  take a sample of lymph node tissue directly from the swollen lymph nodes. The technique not only allows your doctor to dectct the lymphoma but also its type: non-Hodgkin's lymphoma or Hodgkin's lymphoma.   
  • Scan the thorax and abdomen - usually, your doctor will recommend a scan of your thorax and abdomen to detect and stage the cancer.  Along with a positron emission tomography (PET) scan, your physician can also use this imaging technique to determine the size of the tumor.  
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) - a MRI of your brain and spinal cord helps your physician to know if the cancer has spread or not to these organs.  

 

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