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 weight loss
in the past 6 months.
Cough or shortness
Pain in the abdomen or back.
Watchful waiting (surveillance) is a period
after the diagnosis of some types of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) when you are not receiving treatment but are still being watched closely by your doctor. Watchful waiting is not appropriate for aggressive or
high-grade lymphoma. Watchful waiting does not mean that your doctor is giving
up or refusing to give you treatment. During this time you will:
New drugs are continually being researched and developed for Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. These must be shown to be safe and effective before doctors can prescribe them to patients. Through clinical trials, researchers test the effects of new drugs on a group of volunteers with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Following a strict protocol and using carefully controlled conditions, researchers evaluate the investigational drugs under development and measure the ability of the new drug to treat non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma,...
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.