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NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Peripheral T-cell Lymphoma, Version 1.2016


Treatment planning



• Tell your doctor if you have recently had

fevers, night sweats, and weight loss without

dieting. These can be symptoms of peripheral

T-cell lymphoma.

• Your doctor will examine your body for signs

of disease. He or she will check if your lymph

nodes, liver, or spleen are large. You will

also have an exam of your skin and upper

throat. Your doctor will rate your ability to do

everyday activities.

• Blood tests can be done to assess for signs

of widespread cancer and for other health


• Imaging tests allow your doctors to see inside

your body without cutting into it. Diagnostic

CT, PET/CT, or both is needed to see inside

your torso. Imaging of your neck and head

may be useful.

• You will need a bone marrow biopsy. This

biopsy removes a piece of bone and marrow

to test for cancer cells. Sometimes, a skin

biopsy is useful.

• Your doctor will assess the outlook (prognosis)

of the cancer.

• You may undergo heart tests to see if you

are healthy enough to have certain cancer


• Talk to a fertility specialist to learn about ways

to have babies after cancer treatment. If you

may be pregnant now, get a pregnancy test

since some cancer treatments can harm

unborn babies.