A patient with kidney cancer symptoms may have one or more of the following procedures to determine your diagnosis:

PHYSICAL EXAM

Your doctor checks for swollen lymph nodes, including in your neck, underarm and groin, as well as a swollen spleen or liver.

LYMPH NODE BIOPSY

Your doctor may recommend a lymph node biopsy procedure to remove all or part of a lymph node for laboratory testing. Advanced tests can determine if lymphoma cells are present and what types of cells are involved.

BLOOD TESTS

Blood tests to count the number of cells in a sample of your blood can give your doctor clues about your diagnosis.

BONE MARROW TEST

A bone marrow aspiration and biopsy procedure involves inserting a needle into your hipbone to remove a sample of bone marrow. The sample is analyzed to look for lymphoma cells.

IMAGING TESTS

Your doctor may recommend imaging tests to look for signs of lymphoma in other areas of your body. Tests may include CT, MRI and positron emission tomography (PET).

*Other tests and procedures may be used depending on your situation.

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