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Flow Cytometry Blood Test for Lymphoma

Is a flow cytometry blood test definitive for finding early lymphoma? Will other cancers show up on the test? My lymph node biopsy was benign but my oncologist has suggested a flow cytometry. I am so frustrated with all of the tests. I have diffuse swollen lymph nodes, fevers, night sweats and extreme fatigue. I really just want to know what is wrong so I can be treated.
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replied April 1st, 2010
In most cases, lymphoma is diagnosed following biopsy of abnormal lymph nodes. The microscopic appearance of lymphoma cells in the lymph node, and the results of flow cytometry performed on the lymph node itself, will usually make (or exclude) the diagnosis of lymphoma.

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