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Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
If non-Hodgkin lymphoma is determined to be of a low risk type, the five-year survival rate is 91 percent. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma will claim about 20,000 lives this year.
*Source: The American Cancer Society

Non-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 Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

No routine screening tests, such as mammography for breast cancer or colonoscopy for colorectal cancer, exist for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Even when symptoms exist, diagnosing non-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 if your lymph nodes appear to be swollen, your WellStar physician may begin to order other tests to determine if you have non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Those tests may include:

  • Biopsy from tissue from an enlarged lymph node. The tissue will be examined microscopically to determine if abnormal B or T cells appear.
  • X-ray
  • PET scan
  • CT scan
  • MRI scan
  • Blood tests to look for the effects of non-Hodgkin lymphoma on organs, such as liver or bones.