Follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma: What are the key lab tests?

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Question from William: 
My wife has follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma (fNHL). Please tell me the key blood tests to monitor for recurrence and/or progression of her fNHL.

 

Answer from Dr. Leclair: 
Every physician will have tests specific to the patient (for example: Are there any molecular markers to follow?). In addition, there may be tests specific to the location and severity of the lymphoma (another example only stage I or small cells). Since she has been treated, the general tests will probably include:

CBC: Generally speaking, how are things?
sed rate: Is there a return of inflammation?
LD: An enzyme that is found in a lot of cells. So if there is increased damage/dying, then it will increase.

Add-ons might include a reticulocyte count (especially if she had an anemia before treatment)
urinalysis: Mostly to follow if there was any damage done to her kidneys during the chemo.

 

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