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Your doctor will review your medical history and do a complete physical examination. In addition, there are multiple diagnostic tests to see if you have non-Hodgkin lymphoma and, if so, what type it is and whether it has spread.
Lymph node biopsy. Removes an abnormal lymph node so it can be viewed under a microscope and undergo tests. The biopsy can be done 3 ways:
Using a fine needle to withdraw the cells from the node
Obtaining a core sample of cells using a wider needle
Surgical biopsy, removing all or part of the lymph node to check for cancer cells
Bone marrow biopsy, a clinic procedure done to remove cells from the bone marrow to check for cancer cells
Imaging tests including CT, CT/PET, or MRI scans that can show how the extent and volume of the lymphoma
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.