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Diagnosis Hematology & Blood & Marrow Transplant (BMT)

AIDS-related Lymphoma

If you have AIDS and symptoms of lymphoma, a doctor will carefully check for swelling or lumps in the neck, underarms and groin. Scans may be done to examine lymph nodes inside the body. If the lymph nodes don't feel or look normal, your doctor may need to cut out a small piece of tissue and look at it under the microscope to detect cancer cells. This procedure is called a biopsy.

Once AIDS-related lymphoma is found, more tests will be done to find out if the cancer has spread from where it started to other parts of the body, a process called staging.

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.