Lymphoma Treatment

It helps to learn all you can about your disease and treatment choices so that you can take an active part in decisions about your medical care. Discuss these choices with your doctor, other health care professionals, and loved ones. Your doctor is the best person to answer your questions about treatment. Make sure you ask how the treatment will change your daily life, including your diet, and how you will look and feel after treatment. Ask how successful the treatment is expected to be, and what its risks and side effects may be. You may also want to ask what your options will be if the lymphoma comes back, which is called recurrence.

Doctors are also finding new ways to treat non-Hodgkin lymphoma. These new methods are tested in clinical trials. Before beginning treatment, ask your doctor if there are any clinical trials you should consider.

At first, the information you receive about treatment options may seem overwhelming. You may find it helpful to make a list of your questions before seeing your doctor. To make it easier to remember what the doctor says, you may want to take notes during meetings with your doctor or ask if you can record the conversation. It may also help to have a family member or friend with you to take part in the discussion, to take notes, or just to listen.

Use the list of questions as a starting place for the questions you might ask: