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What to ask your doctor about living with non Hodgkin lymphoma

Men and women discussing non Hodgkin's lymphoma

Some questions you may want to ask your doctor

  • How long will it take me to get over my treatment?
  • What precautions will I have to take while I am recovering?
  • When can I go back to school / college / work?
  • When can I take up my usual sports, hobbies and activities again?
  • Is there anything I shouldn't do?
  • Is there anyone who can advise me on money matters, including benefit claims?
  • What practical help is available?
  • I would like to see a counsellor. Can you put me in touch with someone to talk to?
  • Will we have to pay for counselling?
  • Can I go abroad on holiday when I finish treatment?
  • Will you write a letter to help me get travel insurance?
  • Which vaccinations can I have?

If you've had a transplant you may also want to ask

  • When will I be able to use public transport, or go to crowded places?
  • What should I do if my children / grandchildren get a cold or other infection?
  • Should I avoid contact with animals and if so, for how long?
  • Will my treatment make me infertile?
  • Is there any chemotherapy that doesn't cause infertility?
  • What contraception should we use while I am having treatment and for how long afterwards?
  • Can I have sperm banking / egg collection before I start my treatment? 
  • Can you arrange sperm banking or egg collection for me?
  • How much does sperm banking / egg collection cost?
  • Will I have an early menopause?
  • What symptoms can I expect?
  • Will I be able to take HRT and is there anything I should know to help me decide whether to take it?
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Updated: 26 September 2014