NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Peripheral T-cell Lymphoma, Version 1.2016
Heart tests | Fertility and pregnancy
Some cancer treatments can damage your heart.
Thus, your doctor may test how well your heart works
to plan treatment. If it isn’t working well, you may
receive other treatment.
An echocardiogram is an imaging test of your heart.
It uses sound waves (ultrasound) to make pictures.
During this test, you will be lying down. Small patches
will be placed on your chest to track your heartbeat.
Next, a probe with gel on its tip will be slid across part
of your bare chest. A picture of your beating heart
will be seen at once on a screen. The pictures will be
recorded for future viewing.
A MUGA (
cquisition) scan measures
how well your heart is pumping blood. For this test,
patches will be placed on your chest to track your
heartbeat. Also, a radiotracer will be injected into
your vein. Pictures of your heart will be taken with a
special camera that can detect the radiation released
by the tracer.
Fertility and pregnancy
Some cancer treatments can limit your ability to have
a baby. If you want the choice of having babies after
treatment or are unsure, tell your doctors. It may also
help to talk with a fertility specialist before you begin
cancer treatment. A fertility specialist is an expert in
helping people have babies. The fertility specialist
can discuss with you how to have a baby after
treatment. Some methods of fertility preservation are
discussed next. If you are a woman of childbearing
age, important information on pregnancy is also
Men who want to father children after cancer
treatment can use sperm banking. Sperm banking
stores semen for later use. This is done by freezing
semen with sperm in liquid nitrogen. Talk to your
treatment team about the costs of and how well
sperm banking works.
Egg freezing and more
Like sperm banking, a woman’s eggs can be
removed, frozen, and stored for later use. Your frozen
eggs can be fertilized with sperm beforehand. Also,
a part of your ovary that contains eggs can be frozen
Some cancer treatments can harm an unborn baby.
Get a pregnancy test before treatment if you may be
pregnant now. Your treatment options will depend
on the results. During treatment, take steps to avoid
getting pregnant. Your doctors can tell you which birth
control methods are best to use while on treatment.