Doctors use tests and scans to diagnose lymphoma and to find out more about it after a diagnosis is confirmed. This helps them plan the best treatment for you.
This section outlines the referral process and the tests and scans you might have at hospital.
Your GP is often the first person you see if you feel unwell or have symptoms of lymphoma.
A biopsy (sample of tissue) is usually needed before a diagnosis of lymphoma can be confirmed.
Blood tests show how your body is affected by lymphoma and tell doctors about your general health.
These test whether lymphoma is in your bone marrow, which is where blood cells are made.
These work in different ways to give detailed pictures of the inside of your body.
These scans use sound waves to take pictures of the inside of your body.
This test shows if lymphoma is in your central nervous system.
Find out why it’s necessary to wait for your results.