Leukemia, Lymphoma / Blood Cancers Mini Guide TOC - When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor to schedule an
appointment if you have had any symptoms for longer than 2 weeks, such
- Painless swelling in the lymph nodes in the
neck, underarm, or groin.
- Unexplained fever.
- Extreme fatigue.
- Unexplained weight loss
in the past 6 months.
- Itchy skin.
- Cough or shortness
- Pain in the belly or back.
Who to see
Health professionals who can evaluate your symptoms of
non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) include:
When NHL is suspected, a tissue sample (biopsy) is needed to make a diagnosis. A biopsy for
non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is usually taken from a lymph node. But other tissues
may be sampled as well. A
surgeon will remove a sample of tissue so that a
pathologist can examine it under a microscope to check
for cancer cells.
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is usually treated by a
medical oncologist or a
hematologist. If you need radiation therapy, you
will also see a
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.