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Staging is the way your doctors find out where the lymphoma is in your body, how many groups of lymph nodes are affected, and whether or not it has spread to other organs. A commonly used staging system divides NHL into the following 4 stages:
Stages 1 and 2 are sometimes called early-stage, limited-stage or localised NHL.
Stages 3 and 4 are sometimes called advanced NHL.
As well as giving each stage a number, doctors also use a letter after the stage number – A or B. Thisdescribes whether or not you have the following symptoms:
The letter A means you don’t have these symptoms and the letter B means you do.This is why these symptoms are called B-symptoms.
Sometimes lymphoma is found in parts of the body outside the lymph nodes. This is called extranodal lymphoma.
It’s described by adding the letter E (for extranodal) after the stage number.
If you have extranodal lymphoma, your doctor can explain to you how this affects the stage.
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