Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma

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Diagnosis of Non Hodgkins Lymphoma (NHL)


Non Hodgkins lymphoma patients have no classical symptoms. The disease is usually detected when the patient is tested in response to non-specific complaints.

Once abnormalty in blood test is detected further tests are carried out on the patient to delve into the complaints. The following methods help to come to a conclusive diagnosis.

 Getting a proper medical history from the patient

 Recording the presenting symptoms in detail

 A thorough physical examination.

 Blood tests are carried out for various parameters like blood cell count, sedimentation rate and blood biochemistry

 A chest X-ray.

 A CT scan or an MRI scan involving the chest, abdominal and pelvic region helps to identify the spread of the disease

 A gallium scan or a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan helps in studying and identifying the disease

 A bone marrow aspiration or sometimes a bone marrow biopsy is carried out to confirm the presence of the disease.

These tests not only help in confirming the disease but also help in typing or classifying the disease and also to stage them.

A subtype of NHL, Anaplastic Large-Cell Lymphoma (ALCL), harbors a close resemblance to Lymphocyte-Depleted Hodgkin's Lymphoma (LDHL), which is a subtype of HL. Diagnosing these subtypes must be done with extreme care, as the treatment regimen for the two subgroups vary.


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I am a new nonhodgkins lymphoma stage 2 patient. I would love to visit with others that are in the processs of treatment. Carol
QQ123456 Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Hi , my father is corrrectly being diagnosed with NHL case of stage III. He has large B cell type lymphoma , with swelling in neck area. He is receiving his 4th chemotherapy , and is fit from exterior. How many chemo shots youhave undertaken. Can you please share your experience ?
Guest Saturday, November 24, 2012
I was not aware that the NHL can arise in the brain. I thought that the brain area was a priviledged site, an area that is in no contact with our immune system [blood and lymphatics]. Please explain further.
REXdaChemist Monday, January 17, 2011
Frequent use of phenoxyacetic acid herbicides, in particular, 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, has been associated with 2- to 8-fold increases of NHL in studies conducted in Sweden, Kansas, Nebraska, Canada, and elsewhere.
GoOrganic Thursday, May 13, 2010

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