In case of symptoms, you should consult your hematopathologist immediately. Your doctor will ask for a biopsy to diagnose lymphoma. A cell is removed from an enlarged lymph node. This examination will detect lymphoma cells.
To see how far cancer has spread, you may have to go through tests like blood testing, chest X-ray, or testing nearby lymph nodes. You may also have to go through scans like Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or Computed Tomography (CT).
Lymphoma can be diagnosed by one specialist only, however, for its treatment, you need several specialists. A team of Hematologists, Oncologists, and Pathologists come together to treat a patient who is suffering from lymphoma. Hermatologists are the doctors that are specialized in blood, immune cell, and bone marrow disorders. Oncologists treat cancerous tumors. Pathologists assist them and give their useful instincts to identify treatment and help them in the planning process.
Treatment of lymphoma depends on what stage cancer is. There are 4 stages of cancer, in stage one, cancer is limited to lymph nodes, whereas, in stage four, cancer must have spread to other parts of the body as well. Doctors also prescribe treatment based on how fast cancer cells are growing.
In the case of Hodgkin's lymphoma, you need to go through radiation therapy. Your doctor may also prescribe you chemotherapy medications that can destroy cancerous cells. In some cases, bone marrow or stem cell transplant is also used to make cells of immune system cells healthy. Any relative of the patient can donate bone marrow.