Important information

A person with suspected lymphoma should be referred to a specialist who is a member of a lymphoma-specific multidisciplinary team. 

All specialists listed on Canrefer are members of a multidisciplinary team.


What is lymphoma?

Lymphoma is cancer that starts in cells called lymphocytes. It affects the lymphatic system, which is part of the body's immune system. The main types of lymphoma are non-Hodgkin lymphoma and Hodgkin lymphoma.

Graphic of a human body highlighting the lymphatic system


What tests are needed?

Common tests used to diagnose lymphoma include:

  • physical examination
  • blood tests
  • imaging - ultrasound, x-ray, CT scan, MRI scan and/or PET scan
  • biopsy
  • bone marrow biopsy.


What treatment options are there?

Treatment for lymphoma may include one or more of the following:

  • chemotherapy
  • targeted therapy
  • radiotherapy.

If treatment is specialised and complex, patients may need to travel to have a part of their treatment. The local health district will have an arrangement in place for this.


How common is lymphoma in NSW?

Lymphoma was diagnosed in:

  • 2015
    1980 people in NSW
  • 2014
    1997 people in NSW
  • 2013
    1901 people in NSW

Data Source: Annual NSW cancer incidence and mortality dataset, 2015 (sourced from the NSW Cancer Registry)

Last updated: 21 February 2019.