Diagnosis and treatment of lymphoma

Information on diagnosis and treatment of lymphoma.

Diagnosis and treatment of lymphoma

Diagnosis of lymphoma. What are the ways lymphoma can be diagnosed? What are the treatments for lymphoma?


Lymphoma is the cancer of the lymph system which can start almost anywhere in the body.

Diagnosis of lymphoma usually starts with a physical exam where the doctor will check for swollen lymph nodes and organs in the body.
Blood tests will then be done to check the number and appearance of your blood cells and cancerous lymph cells.
A lymph node biopsy will then be done to confirm the diagnosis before other tests like CT scan, MRI of the chest and abdomen, bone marrow biopsy, or positron emission tomography (PET) scan will be done to know the stage of cancer.

Treatment of Lymphoma
The treatment of Hodkin lymphoma is radiation, a combination of chemotherapy with three or four different drugs.

Treatment of non-Hodgkin lymphoma depends on the grade of lymphoma, the stage of the disease, and the person’s health and age.

  • For Low-grade lymphomas which occur in older people, there is no need for immediate treatment if there are no symptoms.
  • For low-grade lymphoma that is advancing or showing symptoms can be treated in numerous ways like low-dose chemotherapy, high-dose chemotherapy or bone marrow transplant.
  • For higher-grade lymphomas, the main treatment is usually high-dose chemotherapy combined with immunotherapy and radiation. There may also be a need for a bone marrow transplant.

Source: Harvard