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What tests do I need if a biopsy reveals that I have Hodgkin's lymphoma?

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If a biopsy reveals that you do have Hodgkin's lymphoma, you may need additional tests to determine the extent, or stage, of the disease. Tests include blood tests, chest X-ray, computed tomography (CT) scans of the chest, abdomen and pelvis, and possibly the neck, and PET scans. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, bone scans, spinal tap (lumbar puncture), and bone marrow studies are useful under special circumstances.

These tests will reveal the stage of the Hodgkin's lymphoma and determine the best type of therapy.

SOURCES: 

News release, FDA. 

National Cancer Institute. 

National Lymphoma Network.

American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 18, 2017

SOURCES: 

News release, FDA. 

National Cancer Institute. 

National Lymphoma Network.

American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 18, 2017

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