NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Peripheral T-cell Lymphoma, Version 1.2016
Blood tests are used to learn if cancer treatment might
be needed now. They are also used to find unknown
diseases including those related to peripheral T-cell
lymphoma. It’s important to treat all illnesses. Blood
tests for peripheral T-cell 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. It is an essential
test that gives a picture of your overall health.
There are several 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 the cause of an abnormal white
blood count from this test.
Comprehensive metabolic panel
Chemicals in your blood come from your liver, bone,
and other organs. A comprehensive metabolic panel
often includes tests for up to 14 chemicals. The tests
show if the level of chemicals is too low or high.
Abnormal levels can be caused by cancer or other
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. If related to cancer, high
levels may be a sign that the cancer is widespread.
Some people with peripheral T-cell lymphoma are at
yndrome (TLS, for short). This
syndrome can be life threatening. It occurs when the
waste released by dead cells is not quickly cleared
out of your body. This results in kidney damage and
severe blood electrolyte disturbances.
Tumor lysis syndrome can occur among people with
peripheral T-cell lymphoma who are undergoing
strong cancer treatments. The cancer treatment kills
many cancer cells and results in too much waste too
Your doctors may want to know your uric acid level
before starting treatment. You may be given certain
medications that can help prevent tumor lysis
syndrome. Also, drinking plenty of water throughout
chemotherapy can help. Ask your treatment team for
If you have HIV, treating it is an important part of
treating peripheral T-cell lymphoma. HIV treatment
will improve how well cancer treatment works. Thus,
tell your treatment team if you have HIV and about
your treatment. Ask your treatment team if you have
not been tested.