Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (cont.)
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What Increases Your Risk
No one knows exactly what increases your risk of getting non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). Experts do agree that the disease is not caused by injury and is not contagious. The following risk factors may increase your chances of having the disease. But most people with these risk factors do not ever have non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. And many people who have non-Hodgkin's lymphoma do not have any of these risk factors.1
When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor to schedule an appointment if you have had any symptoms for longer than 2 weeks, such as:
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:
Watchful waiting may be as effective as immediate aggressive treatment for some types of NHL. But watchful waiting ends when one of the following occurs:
Who To See
Doctors who can help diagnose 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.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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