Currently, there are no conclusive tests for non-Hodgkin lymphoma screening or early diagnosis in healthy individuals who do not have any symptoms of lymphoma. However, there are several ways that the cancer can be found early, when patients typically have a wider range of treatment options.
Until researchers develop a non-Hodgkin lymphoma screening test that can detect the cancer before it starts to cause any symptoms, individuals are advised to:
- Learn about the risk factors for the condition and consult with an oncologist regarding their own personal risk level. For instance, individuals who have HIV, another known autoimmune disease or an organ transplant may have an elevated risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma and, therefore, should be especially vigilant for any potential warning signs. In lieu of traditional screenings, people with a high risk of developing lymphoma should have regular check-ups with an experienced physician.
- Know the symptoms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and seek medical attention if they occur. Fatigue, anemia, chest pains, night sweats, enlarged lymph nodes and abdominal swelling – while also symptoms of other, more common conditions – can potentially indicate the presence of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and warrant a prompt medical evaluation.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, our team is continually evaluating new options for the early detection of lymphoma. With highly experienced oncologists, pathologists and radiologists evaluating patients and researchers developing new tests behind the scenes, Moffitt is firmly positioned at the forefront of non-Hodgkin lymphoma testing and diagnosis.