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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

Dr. Michael Thompson
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Lymphoma (Definition)

Lymphoma is cancer of the lymph system, which is an infection fighting collection of nodes of lymph tissue populated by white blood cells and ducts that drain excess fluid. The system ...Read more