Hodgkin lymphoma is diagnosed by review of a lymph node biopsy by pathologists. Their analysis will include the shape of the lymphoma cells, immunohistochemistry (expression of protein on the lymphoma cells) and sometimes cytogenetics (DNA changes in lymphoma cells). We require a confirmation by a pathologist of Hodgkin lymphoma before the patient can be seen by a physician.
Hodgkin Lymphoma Second Opinion
If you were diagnosed at another health care center, and are coming to Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center for treatment, or for a second opinion, additional diagnostic tests may be necessary. This is because, we use specific diagnostic imaging tools, tests and procedures that are often more modern than what is available elsewhere. The results of these tools help us to develop your personalized treatment plan.
In advance of your second opinion, we require:
- Pathology slides
- Copies of recent images (i.e., CT scans)
- Health records
- A list of dates and facts about your past treatments, personal health history, or any other facts and dates relevant to your current diagnosis
Our new patient coordinator can help you obtain these items.
We encourage you to come to your appointment with a list of as many questions as possible. Sometimes, it can be difficult to think of or remember everything during a visit. A list of questions prepared in advance will ensure you get the information you are looking for.
If you forget a question, or have more questions after your appointment, you can communicate with us via www.myPennMedicine.org, our secure patient portal. The portal allows for fluid communications with your entire team of health care providers.
Finally, plan to have a friend, family member or support person come with you to your diagnostic appointment. He or she can help take down information, recall the conversation and be of general support throughout the process.