Diagnosing Hodgkin's lymphoma
Diagnosing Hodgkin's lymphoma starts by taking your comprehensive medical history and a physical examination to understand the symptoms you're experiencing. Your doctor will measure accessible lymph node groups, including the neck, underarms and groin, as well as other organs.
Your doctor may also request a biopsy of your lymph node. A biopsy for lymphoma takes a tissue sample or removes an entire lymph node for testing. The biopsy samples are then examined for an abnormal cell type in those with Hodgkin lymphoma called Reed-Sternberg cells.
Your doctor may request imaging tests, blood tests and bone tests along with a biopsy to help diagnose your Hodgkin lymphoma subtype, stage and develop a treatment plan.