NCCN Quick Guide™ | Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma

1 of 2 NCCN QUICK GUIDE tm Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma, 2017 This NCCNQUICK GUIDE tm sheet summarizes key points from the complet e NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® : Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma . T hese guidelines explain which tests and treatments are recommended by experts in cancer. To view and download the guidelines, visit NCC N.or g/patients or, to order printed copies, visit What is diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL)? Lymphoma is a cancer of white blood cells called lymphocytes that are within the lymphatic system. This system transports fluids to the bloodstream and fights germs. DLBCL is a cancer of B-cells that are from within or have been released by germinal centers of lymphatic organs. 9 How is DLBCL diagnosed? Tissue from the tumor will likely be removed with an incisional or excisional biopsy. A doctor will test the tissue to look for a pattern of proteins on the cells’ surface that is common to DLBCL. 10 What health care is needed before treatment? „„ A report of your health history and an exam of your body 15 „„ Blood tests to count blood cells, assess levels of chemicals, and check for viruses 16 „„ Whole-body PET/CT and maybe CT scans to look inside your body for cancer sites 18 „„ Removal of bone, marrow, and spinal fluid, if needed, to test for cancer 20 „„ Ratings of the outlook (prognosis) of the cancer to plan treatment 21 „„ A heart test if you will be taking certain cancer treatments 22 „„ Talk to a fertility specialist if you may want to have babies after treatment 22 „„ A pregnancy test if you are a woman who can have babies since some treatments can harm unborn babies 22 NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® Page Number Ü NCCN GUIDELINES FOR PATIENTS ® NCCN QUICK GUIDE tm Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma 2017