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Diagnosing Hodgkin lymphoma in kids requires biopsy, immunohistochemistry: guidelines


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National Comprehensive Cancer Network
Reuters Health - 16/10/2020 - The diagnosis of pediatric Hodgkin lymphoma requires an excisional or incisional biopsy and immunohistochemistry (IHC) evaluation, and its management depends largely on the clinical stage and risk group, according to new guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). "These are general guidelines to assist in the treatment of patients with pediatric Hodgkin lymphoma, but every patient is unique," Dr. Jamie E. Flerlage of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, in Memphis, told Reuters Health by email. "You must take the patient and his or her individual risk factors into account." The guidelines, which apply to both children and young adults up to the age of 39 years, were published on the NCCN website. Following diagnosis by biopsy and IHC evaluation to identify immunophenotype, workup should include complete history and physical, lab work, imaging, and coun...


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