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).

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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).

What is non-hodgkin's lymphoma?

Lymph system cancer. Nhl is a large group of related cancers which originate in the lymph tissues of the body. These cells normally help fight infection but become cancerous and grow out of control. They may stay in the lymph nodes or also be found in any part of the body or organs. Some grow slowly (indolent) while others are more aggressive. You doctor will run a series of test to stage and type the lymphoma.
B or T cell cancer. Non-hodgkin lymphomas (nhl) are cancer of the white blood cells (b or t cells.) most commonly, they are diagnosed as swelling in lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy) but they can also affect other tissues and organs. Read more about nhl here: http://www. Cancer. Gov/cancertopics/types/non-hodgkin.

How is non-hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosed?

Scans and biopsy. Patients may have a lump (s) or feel quite ill with fever, night sweats, weight loss and/or anemia which brings them in to the ED or md. Many times blood tests and scans/x-rays are done which lead to a suspicion of lymphoma. A biopsy is required to prove that indeed the patient has lymphoma and also to tell exactly what type of lymphoma they have.

What type of non-hodgkin's lymphoma do I have?

You would need. To ask the doctors that sent you for the biopsy to establish the diagnosis, there are b cells and t-cells and a variety of types depending upon markers and gene re-arrangements. The treatment and prognosis varies with that information, so ask them.

What are the symptoms of non-hodgkin's lymphoma?

None or Many. Swollen glands fever sweats weight loss pain alcohol intolerance rash shortness of breath fatigue swelling headache itching assorted other symptoms depending on type, location, stage, organ involvement, etc/.
Multiple. The diagnosis and treatment of lymphoma, like any other cancer, should be managed by an oncologist. Many signs and symptoms are possible at presentation including unexplained weight loss, lymph node enlargement, lack of appetite, night sweats, prolonged fever, enlarged spleen and/or liver, etc.

What can you tell me about non-hodgkin's lymphoma?

Its cancer of Lymph. Lymphoma is a Cancer arising from the lymph glands. There are several subtypes. Ask your oncologist more about it. Tell us if you or a family member is affected by Lymphoma and what is being done in terms of treatment.?? A majority of lymphomas can be cured when treated with modern treatments.

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.
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.

Is it normal for a 28 year old to have non hodgkin's lymphoma.

Normal? I'm not sure what you mean by normal. It is not uncommon in this age group.
NHL. It is possible. However hodgkin's lymphoma is more common at this age group than non -hodgkin's lymphoma.

If I have non-hodgkin's lymphoma, how often do I need checkups?

Specific to disease. Depending on the type of lymphoma (there are many), how you were treated and if you are in remission or have stable disease, the frequency of check ups and the types of tests done will vary. Many times patients are brought in more frequently for "mini" checkups and seen by the pa or np who communicate with the md just to make sure things are going ok.
Indefinitely. If you have completed your treatment and you are in remission, it is recommended that your are seen by an oncologist every 3-6 months for 5 years, and annually thereafter (2012 nccn guidelines). http://www. Nccn. Org/professionals/physician_gls/pdf/nhl. Pdf.