If you are diagnosed with NHL, your specialist will arrange further tests for you. These will check your general health and show the stage of the lymphoma – whether it has spread to other parts of your body. Knowing this helps your doctors plan your treatment.
You will have blood tests and usually a CT scan to check for enlarged lymph nodes and signs of lymphoma elsewhere in the body.
Other tests that are sometimes used include:
- MRI scan – to check for lymphoma cells in the bones, brain or head and neck area.
- PET/CT scan – to measure the activity of cells in different parts of the body. This may be done for certain types of NHL.
- Bone marrow sample (biopsy) – to check for lymphoma cells in the bone marrow.
- Lumbar puncture – to check for lymphoma cells in the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.
Waiting for test results can be a difficult time. It may help to talk to your family, friends or specialist nurse.