MCL cannot be diagnosed by symptoms alone. Diagnosis involves the microscopic examination of tissue obtained by a lymph node biopsy.
The extent of the disease or ‘staging’ should be determined in order to plan the best treatment. Tests used for staging may include the following:
These tests usually take place in a hospital but none should require an overnight stay. The test results are usually reviewed by a group of experienced healthcare professionals (a multidisciplinary team, experts in their own fields) before the diagnosis and stage of the illness is confirmed, and a course of treatment can be recommended.
The Lymphoma Association have produced a really helpful document for patients with Mantle cell Lymphoma, you can download this here: