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how is lymphoma detected?

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Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 34 years experience
Imaging and biopsy: Usually the doctor suspects a major illness based on clinical symptoms: fever, weight loss, night sweats, fatigue...Eventually ct scans are done and this shows evidence of enlarged lymph nodes or possible masses. A biopsy has to be done to truly diagnose lymphoma. To finish out staging the disease, the doctor may also require a pet/ct, other blood tests and a bone marrow aspirate and biopsy.
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Symptoms and imaging: People usually present with symptoms -- eg, fever, chills, night sweats, fatigue, lymph node enlargement, spleen enlargement, etc. Then (or sometimes incidentally) abnormal lymph nodes are noted on ct scans. A biopsy (of lymph nodes and/or bone marrow) is needed for diagnosis. Less often blood abnormalities show a leukemic (blood) component of lymphoma or other abnormalities.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is lymphoma?

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Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
Malignancy: A lymphoma isma malignancy of a certain type of white blood cells called lymphocytes. These cells are found in the lymphatic system and the blood stream. When the disease appears primarily in lymph nodes it is called a lymphoma. There are many different types of lymphoma.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What are lymphomas?

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Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
Malignancy: A lymphoma is a malignancy of a certain type of white blood cells called lymphocytes. These cells are found in the lymphatic system and the blood stream. When the disease appears primarily in lymph nodes it is called a lymphoma. There are many different types of lymphoma.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Does a negative parr result rule out lymphoma?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
No?: Polymerase chain reaction (pcr) for antigen receptor rearrangements (parr) is not a test i would necessarily consider in initial lymphoma diagnosis. Lymphoma is diagnosed (ideally) by an excisional (not just needle) biopsy and/or bone marrow biopsy. There are many additional tests including molecular (eg, pcr) tests that can be used to further subclassify diagnosis.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What is the chance of dying from lymphoma?

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Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 46 years experience
It depends: It depends on the stage and the specific type of lymphoma. There can be cures and some very long remissions depending on the type. The odds also depend on the response to treatment.
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A 36-year-old male asked:

Can abnormal b cells be detected in thymic hyperplasia and be nothing or does this mean something more serious? Lymphoma?

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Dr. Maricer Escalon
Hematology and Oncology 22 years experience
Can be OK: Abnormal b cells can be found in many benign conditions (like a virus) don't worry but have it checked out.

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