In order to make an accurate Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis, an oncologist may use several tests to determine if cancer is present and, if so, its type and stage. The diagnostic and staging processes are usually conducted at the same time, with oncologists using the information obtained during testing to determine the best approach to treatment.
When it comes to making a Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis, oncologists at Moffitt Cancer Center may schedule patients for any of the following diagnostic tests:
- A complete blood cell (CBC) count to check for the presence of anemia (low red blood cells), lymphopenia (low white blood cells), neutrophilia (high neutrophils) or eosinophilia (high eosinophils)
- Lab tests to check the erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), lactate dehydrogenase levels, serum creatinine levels and alkaline phosphatase levels
- A human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) test
- An X-ray, computed tomography (CT) scan, a positron emission tomography (PET) scan or a combination of any of these imaging tests
- A lymph node biopsy (performed either alone or in conjunction with a bone marrow biopsy)
- A pleural fluid biopsy, if lymphoma is thought to be present in the space surrounding the lungs
- A lumbar puncture and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, if lymphoma is thought to be present in the central nervous system
Throughout this process, our malignant hematologists, pathologists, radiologists and other skilled practitioners can provide individualized guidance. If a Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis is confirmed, a patient can receive tailored recommendations for treatment, with our team offering that latest advances in chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy and stem cell transplantation in a single location. We are committed to helping every patient achieve the best possible prognosis and quality of life, and this process starts with the very first appointment.
If you would like to request a diagnostic workup or have recently received a Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis and would like to discuss treatment options with one of our experienced oncologists, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online. Referrals are welcome, but not required, to visit Moffitt Cancer Center.