Can Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in Children Be Found Early?

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) in children is uncommon, and there are no widely recommended screening tests for this cancer. (Screening is testing for cancer in people who don't have any symptoms.) Still, sometimes NHL can be found early.

The best way to find this cancer early is to be aware of its possible signs and symptoms and to take your child to the doctor if something concerns you.

Careful, regular medical checkups are important for children, especially those with known risk factors for NHL, such as:

  • Certain inherited immune deficiencies
  • Prior cancer treatment or organ transplant
  • HIV infection

These children do not usually develop NHL, but it's important for parents and doctors to know the possible symptoms and signs of lymphoma.

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Last Revised: January 27, 2016

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