Lymphoma – Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis of lymphoma:

As mentioned, a diagnosis of lymphoma is more common than not to be incidental. If your doctor finds out about it incidentally or even if you present with the B symptoms mentioned, they will ask you some questions regarding your condition related to its start, how severe they are, and other symptoms. They will also ask to perform a physical examination, which includes systemic examination of the whole body and looking for swollen lymph nodes.

Lymph nodes which are suspicious of being cancerous are usually found to be firm in consistency and not painful with some feeling like they are matted together rather than discrete glands. With that said, you should also know that all of those can be found in perfectly benign nodes and that only your doctor can decide whether they are worrying and to order further investigations, so if you find any other previous, you should consult them and avoid self-diagnosing yourself.

Afterwards, they will order a group of lab tests including:

1- A complete blood count:

It is considered the most basic blood investigation and can help your doctor know if complications occur from the suspected lymphoma including anemia and too many or too few white blood cells. They can also offer some clues regarding the outcome of your condition.