Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma—Exams and Symptoms

Andy Whitfield is yet another victim of this cancer of the lymphoid tissue called non-hodgkin's lymphoma. Andy is an actor who portrays Spartacus in "Spartacus: Blood and Sand."

Non-hodgkin's lymphoma is a type of cancer with no known cause. Most lymphomas, however, are developed because of weakened immune systems. For that reason, patients who underwent organ transplant may increase their risk of having this type of cancer.

Biopsy and blood exam are two of the tests that can help doctors diagnose non-hodgkin's lymphoma. In a biopsy, the sample utilized is taken from a lymph node. However, other tissues may also be used as a specimen for biopsy exam. A complete blood count, which is a type of blood examination, is also requested to know the number of cells in the blood.

The symptoms of non-hodgkin's lymphoma we need to watch out for are night sweating, fever, swelling of lymph nodes, and unintentional weight loss. Thankfully, I don't experience these symptoms even though I think that, lately, my immune system is weakening.

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