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.
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