NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Hodgkin Lymphoma, Version 1.2015
Blood tests are done to look for blood diseases and
signs of other diseases. Blood is often removed from
a vein in the inside of the elbow with a needle. The
needle may bruise your skin and you may feel dizzy
from the blood draw. Your blood will be sent to a lab
for testing. Blood tests for Hodgkin lymphoma are:
Complete blood count with differential
A CBC (
ount) measures the number
of blood cells in a blood sample. It includes numbers
of white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets.
Your blood counts may be low or high because of
cancer or another health problem.
There are five types of white blood cells. A differential
counts the number of each type. It also checks if
the counts are in balance with each other. Your
doctor can learn from this test what the cause of an
abnormal white blood count is.
Erythrocyte sedimentation rate
ate) is the amount
of clear fluid at the top of a tube after one hour. It is
used to decide if you have inflammation. Inflammation
is your body’s attempt to heal itself. A large amount
of clear fluid (a high ESR) may be caused by
inflammation or something else, so other tests may
Comprehensive metabolic panel
Chemicals in your blood come from your bone, liver,
and other organs. A comprehensive metabolic panel
often includes tests for 14 chemicals. The tests show
if the level of chemicals is too low or high. Abnormal
levels can be caused by cancer or other health
Lactate dehydrogenase test
Lactate dehydrogenase is a protein that is in most
cells. It gets into your blood when a cell is damaged.
Thus, a high level of lactate dehydrogenase is a sign
of cell damage. High levels can be caused by cancer
or other health problems.
Liver function test
Your liver is an organ in the upper right side of your
abdomen. It does many important jobs, such as
remove toxins from your blood. A liver function test
assesses for chemicals that are made or processed
by the liver. Levels that are too high or low may signal
that the cancer has spread to the liver.
If you have HIV, treating it is an important part of
treating Hodgkin lymphoma. HIV treatment will
improve how well cancer treatment works. Thus, tell
your treatment team if you have HIV and about your
treatment. For others, ask your treatment team if you
should get tested.
Hepatitis B testing
Like HIV, hepatitis B can affect how well some cancer
treatments work. Thus, tell your treatment team if you
have hepatitis B. For others, ask your treatment team
if you should get tested.