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methods used in non-hodgkin's DIAGNOSIS

The following tests and procedures may be used to detect and cure lymphomas:

Physical exam and history: An exam of the body to check general signs of health, including checking for signs of disease, such as lumps or anything else that seems unusual. A history of the patient’s health habits and past illnesses and treatments will also be taken.

Complete blood count (CBC): A procedure in which a sample of blood is drawn and checked for the following:

• The number of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.

• The amount of hemoglobin (the protein that carries oxygen) in the red blood cells.

• The portion of the sample made up of red blood cells.

• Because lymph tissue is found throughout the body, adult non-Hodgkin'S lymphoma can begin in almost any part of the body. Cancer can spread to the liver and many other organs and tissues.

Blood chemistry studies: A procedure in which a blood sample is checked to measure the amounts of certain substances released into the blood by organs and tissues in the body. An unusual (higher or lower than normal) amount of a substance can be a sign of disease in the organ or tissue that makes it.

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