7. NHL can be diagnosed by Biopsy
If your doctor suggests that you have lymphoma on a specific part of your body, he will ask you to get a biopsy of that particular section. Most of the symptoms of NHL are not really specific to be certain that they are caused by cancer.
Some of them are also likely to be caused by non-cancerous issues like infection or other types of cancer. For instance, very often, we get enlarged lymph nodes because of infections and not Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Due to this reason, most doctors suggest antibiotics and wait for a couple of weeks to check if the nodes shrink in size. If no change is observed in terms of size, the doctor will then order a biopsy.
Here, usually a small part of the node, or in most cases, the entire node is removed to view under lab tests and microscope. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is a serious ailment and it should never be overlooked or ignored in any situation. Consult a doctor immediately if you experience one or more of the mentioned symptoms.