Staging

Staging tests include:

  • Blood tests
  • Bone Marrow test

Your doctor may decide to examine your bone marrow to see whether the disease has spread. If your disease is in an early stage and some signs and symptoms haven’t appeared, you may not need this test.

Imaging Tests

These tests identify:

  • The location and distribution of enlarged lymph nodes
  • The disease’s effect, if any, on other organs such as the lungs and liver
  • Large tumour masses

Imaging tests may include:

  • A chest X-ray
  • A computed tomography (CT) scan of the chest, pelvis and abdomen (stomach area)
  • A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
  • A positron emission tomography (PET) scan
  • A fluorodeoxyglucose PET (FDG-PET) scan of the entire body with a radioactive tracer (F-18)

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