NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Hodgkin Lymphoma, Version 1.2015
• A medical history, physical exam, and blood
tests can reveal signs of cancer. Blood tests
are also used to see if you have an illness
other than cancer.
• Imaging tests allow doctors to see inside your
body without cutting into it. Imaging tests that
are used for Hodgkin lymphoma are CT, PET/
CT, and chest x-ray.
• A bone marrow biopsy removes a piece of
bone and marrow to test for cancer cells. You
may have this biopsy if blood tests show low
blood cell counts.
• You may undergo heart and lung tests to see
if you are healthy enough to have certain
• You may need to receive vaccinations
to protect you from illness during cancer
treatment. Ask your treatment team which
vaccines are safe to get.
• Talk to a fertility specialist to learn about
ways to help you have babies after cancer
treatment. If you may be pregnant now, get a
pregnancy test since some cancer treatments
can harm unborn babies.
• Seek help to quit smoking and feel less