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NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Hodgkin Lymphoma, Version 1.2015

Doctors plan treatment with many

sources of information. One of these

sources is tests of your health and the

cancer. Part 2 describes who should

receive which tests before treatment.

Some of these tests are used to stage

the cancer and others to know which

treatments would work the best.

Besides tests, Part 2 describes other

types of care that are important to

receive before cancer treatment.

Medical history

Your medical history includes any health events and

medicines you’ve taken in your life. You will be asked

about illnesses, injuries, health conditions, and more.

Some health problems run in families. Thus, your

doctor may also ask about the health of your blood


Hodgkin lymphoma may cause symptoms. It’s

important that your doctor knows if you have them.

These symptoms include high fevers, heavy night

sweats, and fast weight loss without dieting. Besides

those, tell your doctor if you recently have had a

strong reaction to alcohol, itchy skin (pruritus), and

extreme tiredness despite sleep (fatigue).

A medical history is needed for treatment planning.


Chart 2.1

for a complete list of care that is

recommended prior to treatment. Some types of care

are for anyone with Hodgkin lymphoma while others

may be useful for some people.


Treatment planning

14 Medical history

15 Physical exam

16 Blood tests

17 Imaging tests

18 Bone marrow biopsy

19 Heart and lung tests

19 Vaccines

20 Fertility and pregnancy

20 Smoking and distress

22 Review