NCCN Quick Guide™ | Follicular Lymphoma Grade 1-2

1 of 2 NCCN QUICK GUIDE tm Follicular Lymphoma Grade 1–2, 2017 This NCCNQUICK GUIDE tm sheet summarizes key points from the complet e NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® : Follicular Lymphoma Grade 1–2 . These 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 follicular lymphoma? 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. Follicular lymphoma is a cancer of B-cells that are found in germinal centers of lymphatic organs. 9 How is follicular lymphoma diagnosed? Tissue from the tumor must be removed. A doctor will test the tissue to see if the cells are growing in a circle-like (follicular) pattern. He or she will also look for proteins on the cells’ surface that are common to follicular lymphoma. Follicular lymphoma is graded based on the type and number of B-cells. Grade 1–2 has 15 or fewer B-cells called centroblasts. Grade 3 has more than 15 centroblasts. 10 What health care is needed before treatment? „„ A report of your health history and an exam of your body 16 „„ Blood tests to count blood cells, assess levels of chemicals, and check for viruses 17 „„ CT, whole-body PET/CT, or both scans to look inside your body for cancer sites 19 „„ Removal of bone and marrow by biopsy and aspiration to test for cancer if needed 20 „„ A heart test if you will be taking certain cancer treatments 21 „„ Talk to a fertility specialist if you may want to have babies after treatment 21 „„ A pregnancy test if you are a woman who can have babies since some treatments can harm unborn babies 21 NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® Page Number Ü NCCN GUIDELINES FOR PATIENTS ® NCCN QUICK GUIDE tm Follicular Lymphoma Grade 1–2 2017