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:
- Family medicine doctors.
- Nurse practitioners.
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.
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is usually treated by a medical oncologist or a hematologist. If you need radiation therapy, you will also see a radiation oncologist.
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