To diagnose lymphoma, doctors usually perform a biopsy of one of the swollen lymph nodes. Additional tests, such as blood work-up, bone marrow biopsies, and imaging tests like a CT or PET scan, are then conducted to determine the stage or extent of the lymphoma. Imaging tests show whether the lymphoma has spread to other parts of your body like the spleen and lungs.
Treatment decisions are then determined by the doctor after considering the age and general health of the patient, and the stage and type of lymphoma. Treatment options include the following:
• Radiation therapy that directly targets the lymphoma
• Biological therapies, such as monoclonal antibodies, directed at lymphoma cells
• Stem cell transplant