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How do I know if I have Hodgkin's lymphoma?

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The diagnosis of Hodgkin's lymphoma can only be made by a tissue biopsy -- cutting a tissue sample for examination. If you have an enlarged, painless lymph node that your doctor suspects may be due to Hodgkin's lymphoma, tissue will be taken for biopsy or the entire node will be removed. The diagnosis of Hodgkin's lymphoma is sometimes confirmed by the presence of a type of cell called a Reed-Sternberg cell.

SOURCES: 

News release, FDA. 

National Cancer Institute. 

National Lymphoma Network.

American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 18, 2017

SOURCES: 

News release, FDA. 

National Cancer Institute. 

National Lymphoma Network.

American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 18, 2017

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