Testing and identifying Hodgkin’s lymphoma
Hodgkin’s lymphoma can only be diagnosed by carrying out a biopsy.
A biopsy involves removing some – or all – of an affected lymph node for further tests, which can reveal the type and stage you have. It’s not uncommon to have further tests after having a biopsy. These can include a blood test to check your general health and the functions of certain organs, a chest X-ray to see if the cancer has progressed to the lungs, or enhanced scans such as an MRI or CT scan to reveal how far the cancer has spread. The stages of Hodgkin’s lymphoma are: