How is adult non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) diagnosed and assessed?
- Physical examination and medical history, focusing especially on lumps or anything that seems unusual.
- Blood tests to measure levels of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.
- Blood and sometimes urine tests that measure the amounts of certain immunoglobulins (proteins produced by the immune system to help fight infections).
- Blood levels of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) can be helpful to obtain a rough estimate of the amount or activity of lymphoma in the body.
- Tissue biopsy and sometimes bone marrow biopsy. The sample from a biopsy is then viewed under a microscope for signs of cancer.
If cancer is detected, more laboratory tests will be needed to pinpoint what specific form of the disease is present.