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NCCN QUICK GUIDE
Peripheral T-cell Lymphoma, Version 1.2016
What is peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL)?
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. Peripheral T-cell
lymphoma is a cancer of T-cells that have matured and left the thymus.8
Do I have PTCL?
Tissue from the tumor will be likely 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
peripheral T-cell lymphoma.10
What health care do I need before treatment?
A medical history that includes questions about symptoms of peripheral T-cell lymphoma14
An exam of your body to look for signs of disease and to rate your ability to do activities15
Blood tests to count blood cells, assess levels of chemicals, and check for viruses16
Diagnostic CT, PET/CT, or both to look inside your body for cancer sites17
Removal of bone, marrow, and skin samples, if needed, to test for cancer18
Ratings of the outlook (prognosis) of the cancer to plan treatment19
A heart test if you will be taking certain cancer treatments21
Talk to a fertility specialist if you may want to have babies after treatment21
A pregnancy test if you are a woman who can have babies since some treatments can
harm unborn babies21
NCCN Quick Guide
This NCCNQuick Guide
sheet summarizes key points from the completeNCCN Guidelines for Patients ® : P
eripheral T-cell Lymphoma.
These guidelines explain which tests and treatments are
recommended by experts in cancer. To view and download the guidelines, visitNCCN.org/patients
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