non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) is suspected, your doctor
will ask about your medical history and perform a physical exam. This
exam includes checking for enlarged
lymph nodes in your neck, underarm, and groin.
A tissue sample (biopsy) is needed to make a diagnosis.
A biopsy for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is usually taken from a
lymph node, but other tissues may be sampled as
may also order other tests, including:
Blood tests, such as a
chemistry screen to measure the levels of several
substances in the blood and a
CBC (complete blood count) to provide information
about the kinds and numbers of cells in the blood.
chest X-ray, to provide a picture of the inside of the chest.
CT scan or
MRI, to provide detailed
pictures of the inside of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis.