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:
- Painless swelling in the lymph nodes in the neck, underarm, or groin.
- Unexplained fever.
- Drenching night sweats.
- Extreme fatigue.
- Unexplained weight loss in the past 6 months.
- Itchy skin.
- Cough or shortness of breath.
- Pain in the belly or back.
Who to see
Health professionals who can evaluate your symptoms of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) include:
- Reference Family medicine doctors Opens New Window.
- Reference Internists Opens New Window.
- Reference Surgeons Opens New Window.
- Reference Nurse practitioners Opens New Window.
When NHL is suspected, a tissue sample (Reference biopsy Opens New Window) 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 Reference pathologist Opens New Window can examine it under a microscope to check for cancer cells.
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is usually treated by a Reference medical oncologist Opens New Window or a Reference hematologist Opens New Window. If you need radiation therapy, you will also see a Reference radiation oncologist Opens New Window.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Reference Making the Most of Your Appointment.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 22, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Douglas A. Stewart, MD - Medical Oncology