Dr. Rosen recalls the test used to diagnose non-Hodgkin lymphoma/NHL and shares if this cancer is contagious.
So, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is diagnosed by a biopsy, an actual removal, typically of a lymph node, which we review under the microscope. Once a diagnosis is confirmed, we’ll undertake staging, and staging will most commonly include blood work, as well as x-rays of the bodies, typically CAT scans, and often a bone marrow evaluation.
Lymphomas are not contagious, so it should not affect the intimacy of a relationship, that women who are receiving chemotherapy have to be cognizant of the fact that even when they miss a menstrual cycle, they still may be fertile, and so, appropriate protection is necessary while you’re going through treatment.
About Dr. Steven Rosen, M.D., F.A.C.P:
Steven Rosen, M.D., F.A.C.P., is Genevieve Teuton Professor of Medicine, at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University and Director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and Director of Cancer Programs at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Following his graduation with distinction from Northwestern University Medical School's Six-Year Honors Program in 1976, Dr. Rosen completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern and a fellowship in Medical Oncology at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Rosen's laboratory research focuses on experimental therapeutics and hematologic malignancies.