Diagnosis of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
Lymph Node Biopsy
- Aggressive or highly aggressive (high grade)—grows quickly and causes serious symptoms
- Indolent (low grade)—grows more slowly and produces few symptoms
- Flow cytometry and cell marker studies to examine the cells
- Bone marrow biopsy
- CT scan
- Fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) Positron emission tomography (PET)/CT scan
- Urine tests
- Blood tests
- Bone marrow biopsy
- Stage I—cancer involves a single lymph node region. Or, if the cancer started in an organ, it is limited to that organ.
- Stage II—cancer has spread to two or more lymph node regions on the same side of the diaphragm. Or, if the cancer started in an organ, it has spread to one or more lymph node groups on the same side of the diaphragm.
- Stage III—cancer has spread to two or more lymph node regions on both sides of the diaphragm.
- Stage IV—cancer has spread to other parts of the body in addition to lymph nodes.
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