Your doctor will perform a physical exam. If he or she suspects lymphoma after reviewing your signs and symptoms, tests will be ordered. These tests will confirm the diagnosis and determine what type of lymphoma you have and how advanced the disease is. They may include blood tests and a biopsy.
Common tests to evaluate NHL:
The tests your doctor orders may also include imaging tests and/or scans to help him or her learn where Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL) is in your body:
Patients with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL) often have CT scans of the neck, chest, abdomen, and pelvis to find out how many lymph nodes are involved, how large they are, and whether internal organs are affected by the disease.
While CT scans show the size of a lymph node, PET scans show if the lymph node is active (still has disease). CT and PET scans are now sometimes combined into one test (PET/CT).
This test can tell your doctor if the lymphoma has spread to the bones, brain, or spinal cord.
RITUXAN is available by prescription only.
RITUXAN is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with:
It is not known if RITUXAN is safe and effective in children with CLL.
RITUXAN can cause serious side effects that can lead to death, including:
Before receiving RITUXAN, tell your healthcare provider if you:
RITUXAN can cause serious side effects, including:
Your healthcare provider will stop treatment with RITUXAN if you have severe, serious, or life-threatening side effects.
Other side effects include:
These are not all of the possible side effects with RITUXAN.
Please see the RITUXAN full Prescribing Information, including the Medication Guide, for additional Important Safety Information.
You may report side effects to the FDA at (800) FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch. You may also report side effects to Genentech at (888) 835-2555.
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