Diagnosing Hodgkins Lymphoma

When a patient presents with symptoms that might suggest Hodgkin's lymphoma, your doctor will use several diagnostic methods to make an accurate diagnosis.

  1. Your doctor will ask for a complete medical history and will perform a thorough physical examination. Diagnostic tests may include:
    • Blood tests
    • Biopsies - There are two common types of biopsy used to help diagnose blood cancers and diseases:
      • Bone marrow aspiration: The sample of bone marrow is taken by putting a thin needle into the bone and removing a sample of the marrow.
      • Bone marrow biopsy: A sample of both the bone and bone marrow is taken from the bone with a thick needle.

    Once a bone marrow sample is obtained, it can be analyzed in a laboratory by a pathologist to determine what type of blood cancer or disease is present.

  2. Your doctor may want to do further tests. These tests may include radiographic evaluations.

    Hodgkin's disease is always diagnosed by having a biopsy of an enlarged lymph node. A specialist called a pathologist will examine this sample carefully for signs of Hodgkin's disease.

Treating Hodgkins Lymphoma

Hodgkin's disease is often treated with a combination of:

  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy (drug therapy)

Treatment is different for every patient. Our team at MedStar Health works with patients to develop individualized treatment plans, using a comprehensive approach to cancer treatment.