Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL)

Available tests:
Karyotyping (when bone marrow is infiltrated);
Fluorescence in situ hybridisation on FFPE tissue sections, FNA's, cytospins:
IGH-MYC to detect t(8;14); MYC (8q24) to detect variant rearrangements;
IGH-CCND1 to detect t(11;14);
IGH-BCL2 to detect t(14;18);
BCL6 t(3q27;?);
IGH-MALT1 t(14;18);
API2-MALT1 t(11;18);
Clinical details: 
A number of cytogenetic abnormalities are specific to certain sub-types of non-Hodgkin's lymhoma (NHL) and as such can be very useful in aiding diagnosis, particularly where histopathology and immunophenotyping is ambiguous. The detection of MYC abnormalities can be especially critical in optimising therapy, where a confirmed diagnosis of Burkitt lymphoma (BL) determines a very disease-specific treatment regimen. MYC abnormalities are also detected in diffuse large B-cell lymhoma (DLBCL) and in B-cell lymphoma, unclassifiable, with features intermediate between DLBCL and BL (intermediate BL/DLBCL), and this has been shown to be an adverse prognsotic risk factor in patients treated with R-CHOP. MYC rearangements can also be detected along with BCL2 and/or BCL6 rearrangements, especially in intermediate BL/DLBCL, identifying the so-called double hit lymphomas which are associated with a particularly aggressive clinical course. Analysis of NHL's lends itself particularly well to interphase FISH analysis of formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue sections, where close corrleation with H&E and/or immunohistochemistry (IHC) slides enables the analysis of small focal tumour infiltrates and removes the risk of false negative results arising from analysis of non-malignant cells.
Synonyms or keywords: 
IGH-MYC, t(8;14), high grade B-cell NHL, low grade B-cell NHL, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, DLBCL, Burkitt, BL, MCL, mantle cell, Follicular, FL, MALT, MALToma, IGH-CCND1, t(11;14), IGH-BCL2, t(14;18), ALK, Anaplastic, BCL6, MALT1, IGH-MALT1, API2-MALT1, MYC
Sample type and Volume required: 
Peripheral blood, bone marrow aspirate, pleural effusion, fine needle aspirate, as appropriate, minimum volume as available. FFPE tissue sections – 3-4µm sections on unstained Apes slides with appropriate IHC/H&E slide for correlation
Turnaround time: 
Current service turnaround times: Urgent 1-7 calendar days; Non-urgent 5-10 calendar days; National targets: Urgent samples 95% reported within 14 days; Non-urgent 95% reported within 21 days
Storage and transport: 
Peripheral blood in lithium heparin or bone marrow transport medium. All other liquid samples in bone marrow transport medium. Do not spindown or freeze samples before sending. Samples must arrive within 24 hours.
Oncology Cytogenetics Laboratory at Guy's Hospital
020 7188 1713
Genetics Department
Tower Wing - 5th Floor
Guy's Hospital
Great Maze Pond
London SE1 9RT

For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 24/01/2020