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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

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Hodgkin Lymphoma, Version 1.2015

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Treatment planning

Physical exam

Physical exam

Doctors often give a physical exam along with taking

a medical history. A physical exam is a review of your

body for signs of disease. During this exam, your

doctor will listen to your lungs, heart, and gut. Parts

of your body will likely be felt to see if organs are of

normal size, are soft or hard, or cause pain when

touched. Your body parts that should be checked

include dense areas of lymphoid tissue, your spleen,

and liver.

Your doctor will also rate your performance status.

Performance status is your ability to do daily

activities. It is used by doctors to assess if you can

undergo certain treatments.

Chart 2.1 Care before treatment

Must haves

Sometimes useful

Medical history

HIV testing

Physical exam

Hepatitis B testing

Complete blood count with differential

Neck CT

Erythrocyte sedimentation rate

Chest x-ray

Comprehensive metabolic panel

Bone marrow biopsy

Lactate dehydrogenase test

Ejection fraction

Liver function test

Pulmonary function tests

Diagnostic CT with contrast

Vaccines

PET/CT

Fertility support

Pregnancy test if you can have babies

Help for smoking and distress if needed