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How is lymphoma detected?

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Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 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 21 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 45 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.
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What are lymphomas?

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Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine 45 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.

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