Hodgkin Lymphoma Prevention
WellStar supports scientific research that shows certain lifestyle choices can lower a person’s risk of some cancers, but in the vast majority of cases of Hodgkin lymphoma, there is very little a person can do to lower his or her risk.
Tests and Screenings for Hodgkin Lymphoma
No routine screening tests, such as mammography for breast cancer or colonoscopy for colorectal cancer, exist for Hodgkin lymphoma. Diagnosing Hodgkin lymphoma can sometimes be difficult because its symptoms mimic those of influenza and other illnesses. If your WellStar physician has ruled out other illnesses and your fatigue continues and your lymph nodes appear to be enlarged, your physician may order other tests to determine if you have Hodgkin lymphoma. Those tests may include:
- Biopsy from tissue from an enlarged lymph node. The tissue will be examined microscopically to determine if Reed-Sternberg cells appear.
- CT scan
- MRI scan
- PET scan
- Blood tests to look for the effects of Hodgkin lymphoma on organs, such as liver or bones.