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).

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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...

My pathology report basically says I don't have non Hodgkin's lymphoma but should go through other testings to exclude Hodgkin's lymphoma among others?

Pathology of what? My guess is you had blood sent for flow cytometry. If you just had this blood test, Hodgkin's disease (a type of lymphoma) can't be diagnosed with that. A pathologist has to look at tissue under the microscope to make the diagnosis. This is usually a lymph node that has been removed. If you have enlarged lymph nodes, this may be a test you will need. Ask your doctor. Read more...

What are the tests 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...

Diagnosis. B.Cell non hodgkin, s lymphoma favor burkitt, s lymphoma. This us the result of biopsy taken during appendicectomy. D20 positive and tdt neg?

CD20 is a B-Cell. Marker hence the assignment of a b-cell nhl. Tdt is an immunohistochemical stain used to classify blood cells. Burkitt's is a very aggressive process -- get started on a plan with a hematologist straight away. Read more...

What symptoms usually go along with non-hodgkin's lymphoma?

Large Lymph Nodes. Non-hodgkin's lymphoma is the more severe type of a group of related tumors of the lymph node system. Large ln's usually first sign. Abnormal chest x-ray also frequent. Fever, fatigue, weight loss, large liver and spleen. Can involve bones and produce bone pain. Read more...
Systemic and local. Non hodgkins lymphoma may cause systemic symptoms such as weight loss, fever, night sweats and itchiness. Locally, it can present as a lump or sweling in the head and neck, groin or any lymph node area. If it's large, it can obstruct passage ways such as esophagus, intestines, ureter or blood vessels. If it involves the chest, it may give symptoms of cough, shortness of breath or pain. Read more...

What is the difference between hodgkin's disease and non-hodgkin's lymphoma?

A lot. Both hodgkin lymphoma (formerly known as hodgkin's disease) and non-hodgkin lymphoma (also known as non-hodgkin's lymphoma) are lymphomas, a type of cancer that originates in a subset of white blood cells called lymphocytes. Lymphocytes are an important part of your immune system. The main difference between hodgkin and non-hodgkin lymphoma is in the specific lymphocyte each involves. Read more...
Type of Cell. They are both a type of cancer that arise in a subtype of white blood cells, called a lymphocyte. The difference between hodgkins and non-hodgkins is the type of lymphocyte that each arises in. Read more...

Can symptoms of non hodgkin's lymphoma improve without chemo?

For a short time. Symptoms due to lymphoma are best managed by treatment. Sometimes a short course of steroids wil be of help. Pressure symptoms may be relived by radiation. Chemotherapy with immunotherapy is still the best approach in most cases. Read more...
No. Non-hodgkin lymphoma (nhl), like other cancers, requires treatment. That treatment can be varied (surgery, chemotherapy, radiation), but it is required for the cancer to be treated. It will not regress on its own. Read more...

Anyone briefly tell me what lymphoma (non hodgkin's) is and what types of things/viruses can cause it?

Good review. A nice overall review can be found in wikipedia or at http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/lymphoma. I hope this begins to explain to you a rather complicated disease. Please write back with more specific questions if they arise. Read more...