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NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Peripheral T-cell Lymphoma, Version 1.2016

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 repeated

during and after treatment. 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


Some signs and symptoms of peripheral T-cell

lymphoma are enlarged lymph nodes, tiredness, and

rash. This cancer may also cause “B symptoms.” It’s

important that your doctor knows if you have them.

These symptoms include fevers, chills, night sweats,

and weight loss without dieting.

A medical history is one of the tests needed for

treatment planning.

See Chart 2.1

for a complete

list of care that is recommended prior to treatment.

Some types of care are for anyone with peripheral

T-cell lymphoma while others may be useful for some



Treatment planning

14 Medical history

15 Physical exam

16 Blood tests

17 Imaging tests

18 Biopsy

19 Prognostic scores

21 Heart tests

21 Fertility and pregnancy

22 Review