Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Stages
After someone is diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, doctors will try to figure out if it has spread, and if so, how far. This process is called staging. The non hodgkin lymphoma cancer describes how much cancer is in the body. It helps determine how serious the cancer is and how best to treat it. Doctors also use a non hodgkin lymphoma stages when talking about survival statistics.
Tests used to gather information for non hodgkin lymphoma stages can include:
- Physical exam
- Biopsies of enlarged lymph nodes or other abnormal areas
- Blood tests
- Imaging tests, such as PET and CT scans
- Bone marrow aspiration and biopsy (often but not always done)
- Lumbar puncture (spinal tap – this may not need to be done)
In general, the results of imaging tests such as PET or CT scans are the most important when determining the non hodgkin lymphoma stages.