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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