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What tests diagnose small lymphocytic lymphoma?

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A lymph node biopsy is the main test to diagnose SLL. Your doctor removes the lymph node and checks it under a microscope for signs of cancer.

Your doctor may also do two bone marrow tests -- a bone marrow aspiration and a biopsy -- to find out how advanced your cancer is. They're usually done together as part of a single procedure that removes marrow from the back of your hip bone.

From: Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Overview," "What Is non-Hodgkin Lymphoma."

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: "Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia," "Get Information and Support."

Lymphoma Research Foundation: "CLL/SLL Overview"

MacMillan Cancer Support:  "Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma," "Tests for CLL."

Leukaemia Foundation: Small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL)."

Leukaemia Care: "Small lymphocytic lymphoma SLL)."

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: "Lymph Node Biopsy."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 26, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Overview," "What Is non-Hodgkin Lymphoma."

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: "Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia," "Get Information and Support."

Lymphoma Research Foundation: "CLL/SLL Overview"

MacMillan Cancer Support:  "Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma," "Tests for CLL."

Leukaemia Foundation: Small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL)."

Leukaemia Care: "Small lymphocytic lymphoma SLL)."

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School: "Lymph Node Biopsy."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 26, 2018

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