If your biopsy shows that you have Hodgkin lymphoma, you’ll be referred for further tests. These help your doctors find out the stage of the lymphoma – whether it has spread beyond its starting point.
Knowing the stage of lymphoma lets your doctor plan the most effective treatment for you.
Further tests may include:
- Blood tests – these show the level of red cells, white cells and platelets in your blood.
- Chest x-rays – to check your lungs and heart.
- CT scans – a series of x-rays give a three-dimensional picture of the inside of your body.
- PET/CT scans – a combined CT and PET scan.
- MRI scans – a powerful magnetic scanner builds up a detailed picture of your body.
- Bone marrow samples – a piece of bone marrow is taken from the back of your hip-bone and examined under a microscope.
Waiting for test results can be a difficult time. It may help to talk to your family, friends or specialist nurse.