A thorough and accurate cancer diagnosis is the first step in developing a non-Hodgkin lymphoma treatment plan. A multidisciplinary team of lymphoma experts use a variety of tests and tools designed for diagnosing non-Hodgkin lymphoma, evaluating the disease and developing each patient’s individualized treatment plan. Throughout your treatment, we’ll use imaging and laboratory tests to track the size of the tumors, monitor your response to treatment, and modify your plan when needed.Biopsy
We may use the biopsies to determine the type of lymphoma, the growth rate of the tumor and whether the disease has spread. Types of biopsies include:
The following imaging tests may be used to help diagnose non-Hodgkin lymphoma:
We may use various diagnostic lab tests for non-Hodgkin lymphoma to plan and monitor your treatment, including:
A flow cytometry test for non-Hodgkin lymphoma that may provide insight into whether tumor cells contain a normal or abnormal amount of DNA and determine the rate at which the tumor is growing
Blood and urine tests to rule out an infection or other disease and determine whether the lymphoma has spread
We may perform a lumbar puncture, also called a spinal tap, to determine the extent of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Lumbar punctures may also be used to inject medications, such as chemotherapy drugs, to treat the disease.
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