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What tests are done to confirm that your non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is in remission?

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Your doctor may ask you to get CT scans at your early follow-up appointments. They let him see whether non-Hodgkin's lymphoma has returned.

Recent research, though, shows that scans aren't any better at checking for signs that cancer has come back than blood tests and physical exams. So if you're not getting any scans as part of your follow-up care, it doesn't mean you're not getting the right care. Your doctor is simply using other ways to make sure you stay healthy.

But if lab tests or your symptoms show signs that your non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is coming back, you'll probably get a scan.

SOURCES:

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Follow-up Care After Treatment for Non-Hodgkin or Hodgkin Lymphoma."

Armitage, J.O. , February 2012. Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Dryver, E.T. , August 2003. British Journal of Cancer

Elis, A. , January 2002. American Journal of Hematology

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on April 25, 2018

SOURCES:

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Follow-up Care After Treatment for Non-Hodgkin or Hodgkin Lymphoma."

Armitage, J.O. , February 2012. Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Dryver, E.T. , August 2003. British Journal of Cancer

Elis, A. , January 2002. American Journal of Hematology

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on April 25, 2018

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