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Doctor insights on: Hodgkins Lymphoma Blood Test

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Dr. Scott Diede
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Hodgkin Disease (Definition)

It is a malignant (cancerous) proliferation of lymphocytes with unique biological, prognostic and diagnostic features. It involves mostly lymph nodes and it may be treated and cured with the use of chemotherapy, radiation or a combination of both. It is considered a lymphoma with excellent long term prognosis ...Read more


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Expert opinion - should lymphoma (both types-hodgkins and non hodgkins) show in a blood test?

Expert opinion - should lymphoma (both types-hodgkins and non hodgkins) show in a blood test?

Not usual: For lymphoma, a disease of nodes, to have diagnostic cells or abnormalities on blood tests. This question is asked a lot on the site, and I do not know from what source the false belief comes from. One needs a biopsy of a node or the site of lymphoma, blood work for other reasons. ...Read more

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Is there a way for an at risk person to detect early changes (via blood tests etc) that usually precipitate development of non-hodgkins lymphoma?

Is there a way for an at risk person to detect early changes (via blood tests etc) that usually precipitate development of non-hodgkins lymphoma?

Yes: Seeing your general doctor regulary for check-ups and physical exams is the best way. Sometimes you can see signs of lymphoma in a blood test, like a high LDH, but this is not an effective screening method. Only if your doctor suspects that you may have lymphoma should she order further testing. ...Read more

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Is there a definitive blood test for non hodgkin's lymphoma?

Is there a definitive blood test for non hodgkin's lymphoma?

Non-Hodgkin's test: Although a diagnosis of non-hodgkin's lymphoma can be suspected by certain lab results (ldh, spep, cbc, beta-2 microglobulin), there is no way to diagnose it without doing a biopsy (of a lymph gland or the bone marrow or the affected organ). ...Read more

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If hodgkins lymphoma was present would the blood count be abnormal?

If hodgkins lymphoma was present would the blood count be abnormal?

Probably not: Lymphoma, unlike leukemia, takes a while to involve the bone marrow and/or peripheral blood, therefore the blood count is frequently normal, especially early in the disease. ...Read more

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Would a full blood countbe abnormal if hodgkins lymphoma was present?

Could be: If the lymphoma is advanced and involves the bone marrow, a person could have low blood counts but often the CBC will be normal. ...Read more

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Lately there is blood comes along with my faeces, I have been diagnose with hodgkins lymphoma 7 month ago. Is it side affect or something else?

Lately there is blood comes along with my faeces, I have been diagnose with hodgkins lymphoma 7 month ago. Is it side affect or something else?

Urgent: Bleeding in stool needs urgent evaluation, etiology can range from benigh peoblem such as hemorroids to cancer, and low blood count, please see your doctor asap. ...Read more

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My granddad has non hodgkins lymphoma and bruising on tongue and lip, also coughing up chunks of blood in plegm, are there all related?

My granddad has non hodgkins lymphoma and bruising on tongue and lip, also coughing up chunks of blood in plegm, are there all related?

It is possible: He needs to be seen by a physician quickly to know why he is having these symptoms. This could be very dangerous (low blood and platelet counts, etc.). ...Read more

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How can chemotherapy help in hodgkins lymphoma?

How can chemotherapy help in hodgkins lymphoma?

Quite effective: We can cure many such patients , nearly 90% of them. ...Read more

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What is done for non hodgkins lymphoma q?

What is done for non hodgkins lymphoma q?

Work up then treat: Nhl exists in various types and an accurate diagnosis is confirmed with blood work and bone marrow biopsy. Staging with scans (ct, pet, etc) is next. Treatment is initiated based on stage, type, age, organ function, etc. Treatment ranges from chemotherapy, radiotherapy, bone marro transplant or in some cases observation. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for hodgkins lymphoma?

Chemo +\- radiation: That really depends on subtype of hodgkins, stage, bulk, of disease, age of pt, among other factors, although chemotherapy is the mainstay of therapy. ...Read more

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I have mono but i'm worried about hodgkins lymphoma?

I have mono but i'm worried about hodgkins lymphoma?

Lymph nodes: Infectious mononucleosus is presented with fever, upper respiratory symptoms, fatigue, and enlarged lymph nodes- sometimes they are so big that makes people really worry about them. It is an infectious process however- which means once your body eradicated the virus- those lymph nodes would be normaiized in about a few weeks. If lymph nodes remain big for more than 4 weeks or so- go to see md. ...Read more

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How is a person diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma?

How is a person diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma?

Enlarged nodes: Soaking sweats, weight loss, fever> w/u with scans, including pet and biopsy to determine architecture, type, markers and prognosis. ...Read more

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How does non hodgkins lymphoma differ from the others?

How does non hodgkins lymphoma differ from the others?

Curability: Lymphomas fall into two major categories: non hodgkins and hodgkins. Hodgkins has a cure rate of ~90%, while non hodgkins has many different lymphoma subtypes that have widely varying cure rates. Also, hodgkins lymphomas tend to move from one lymph node group to the next one in line, while non hodgkins lymphoma can involve multiple lymph nodes that are widely spaced from each other. ...Read more

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How are hodgkin's and non hodgkins lymphoma different?

How are hodgkin's and non hodgkins lymphoma different?

Spread pattern: Primarily, hodgkins lymphoma teens to spread from one lymph node site to an adjacent site. Non hodgkins lymphoma is more likely to skip lymph node chains to spread distantly. This is why local radiation has historically be more important in the treatment of hodgkins than non hodgkins. ...Read more

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Can a person survive high grade b-cell non hodgkins lymphoma?

Can a person survive high grade b-cell non hodgkins lymphoma?

Yes: Aggressive chemotherapy and sometimes radiation are necessary. The first step after diagnosis is to determine the stage of disease, usually with a pet scan. Then the appropriate treatment course can be determined. ...Read more

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Why does a person get large b cell type non hodgkins lymphoma?

Why does a person get large b cell type non hodgkins lymphoma?

There are no obvious: Causitive agents like there is for lung cancer. It doesn't tend to run in families most of the time either. Risk factors for developing it are increasing age, male sex (slightly more common ) and being white. It is uncommon in young females such as yourself, but not unheard of. ...Read more

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This mass on my collarbone, do you think its Hodgkins Lymphoma?

How could anyone....: ....in Health Tap possibly know? You need to be evaluated properly. If there is enough suspicion, your doc would order a biopsy. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Thompson
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Lymphoma (Definition)

A malignancy developing in the lymphocytes of lymph glands. They present as an enlarging node that continues to grow and then ...Read more