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NCCN QUICK GUIDE

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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.

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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.

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What health care do I need before treatment?

A medical history that includes questions about symptoms of peripheral T-cell lymphoma

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An exam of your body to look for signs of disease and to rate your ability to do activities

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Blood tests to count blood cells, assess levels of chemicals, and check for viruses

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Diagnostic CT, PET/CT, or both to look inside your body for cancer sites

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Removal of bone, marrow, and skin samples, if needed, to test for cancer

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Ratings of the outlook (prognosis) of the cancer to plan treatment

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A heart test if you will be taking certain cancer treatments

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Talk to a fertility specialist if you may want to have babies after treatment

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A pregnancy test if you are a woman who can have babies since some treatments can

harm unborn babies

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