NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Peripheral T-cell Lymphoma, Version 1.2016
How to use this book
Who should read this book?
Peripheral T-cell lymphoma is the focus of
this book. Information on diagnosis, treatment
planning, and treatment options are included
for the following subtypes: peripheral T-cell
lymphoma, NOS; angioimmunoblastic T-cell
lymphoma; anaplastic large cell lymphoma; and
enteropathy-associated T-cell lymphoma.
People with these subtypes of peripheral T-cell
lymphoma and those who support them—
caregivers, family, and friends—may find this
book helpful. It may help you discuss and decide
with doctors what care is best.
Where should I start
Starting with Part 1 may be helpful. It explains
what peripheral T-cell lymphoma is and how it
is diagnosed. Parts 2 through 5 address issues
related to treatment. Part 2 lists which health
tests and other types of care are needed before
treatment. Part 3 briefly describes all the types
of treatments so you can understand your
options that are listed in Part 4. Tips for making
treatment decisions are presented in Part 5.
Does the whole book
apply to me?
This book includes information for many
situations. Your treatment team can help. They
can point out what information applies to you.
They can also give you more information. As you
read through this book, you may find it helpful to
make a list of questions to ask your doctors.
The recommendations in this book are based on
science and the experience of NCCN experts.
However, these recommendations may not be
right for you. Your doctors may suggest other
tests and treatments based on your health
and other factors. If other recommendations
are given, feel free to ask your treatment team
Making sense of medical
In this book, many medical words are included.
These are words that you will likely hear from
your treatment team. Most of these words may
be new to you, and it may be a lot to learn.
Don’t be discouraged as you read. Keep reading
and review the information. Don’t be shy to ask
your treatment team to explain a word or phrase
that you do not understand.
Words that you may not know are defined in the
text or in the
. Words in the
are underlined when first used on a page.
Acronyms are also defined when first used
and in the
. Acronyms are short words
formed from the first letters of several words.
One example is