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Lymphoma is a type of cancer that occurs in the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is made to combat disease and infection, so when it has cancer, it can be quite serious. It is made up of lymph nodes, lymphatic vessels, and lymphatic organs. Lymphoma comes in two varieties: Hodgkin Lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Hodgkin Lymphoma used to be called Hodgkin's Disease, but medical experts changed the name to be more specific in describing it. There are a number of ways your doctor may arrive at a lymphoma diagnosis.

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1. Examine Your Medical History

Your doctor will want to know your medical history so he or she can flag any symptoms of lymphoma, such as weight loss, night sweats or sweating profusely, unexplained fever, and fatigue. Your doctor will want to know if you notice anything unusual happening, such as a cough that won't go away or pain under your jaw, in your armpits, or near your groin.

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