Can non-Hodgkin lymphoma in children be found early?
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in children is uncommon, and there are no widely recommended screening tests for this cancer. (Screening is testing for cancer in people without any symptoms.) Still, in some cases lymphoma can be found early.
The best way to find this cancer early is prompt attention to the possible signs and symptoms of this disease (see the section, “How is non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosed in children?”).
Careful, regular medical checkups are important for children, especially those who may be at increased risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, such as those who have certain inherited immune deficiencies, who are survivors of cancer treatment or an organ transplant, or who have an HIV infection. The development of lymphoma in these children is not common, but it is important for parents and doctors to know the possible symptoms and signs of lymphoma.
Last Medical Review: 10/09/2012
Last Revised: 01/17/2013