Understanding Medical Tests for NHL
Medical tests are needed to diagnose NHL and find out where it is in your body.
Common tests to diagnose NHL include:
- Physical exam—your doctor will give you a physical exam to check for swollen lymph nodes, liver, or spleen (an organ in your abdomen) or other signs of NHL
- Blood tests—your blood is taken through a vein and examined
- Biopsy—a lymph node or small sample of bone marrow is removed and viewed under a microscope to see if you have NHL
- Flow cytometry—your blood is examined to find out the type of cancer and number of cells involved
Common tests to find out where NHL is in your body include:
- Imaging tests such as X-rays, CT scans, MRI scans, or PET scans—these are pictures of inside your body that help show where the NHL is
How much testing can you expect?The types and frequency of medical tests will vary. Most people with NHL will have regular physical exams, blood tests, and occasional imaging tests to monitor their health.