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What to ask your doctor about bone marrow or stem cell transplants for non Hodgkin lymphoma

Men and women discussing non Hodgkin's lymphoma

Some questions you may want to ask your doctor

  • Why are you suggesting a transplant for me?
  • What is the aim of the treatment – will it cure my NHL?
  • What sort of transplant will I have?
  • What are the risks of the treatment?
  • Are there any other choices of treatment?
  • Where will I have my transplant?
  • Will I have to have chemotherapy and radiotherapy?
  • How long will I be in hospital?
  • Will I need to be in isolation and for how long?
  • What are the short and long term side effects of this treatment?
  • What written information can you give me about my treatment?
  • Will I be able to go back to work and take up my usual hobbies and activities again?
  • Will I still be able to have children?
  • Will the treatment cause an early menopause and how do you treat that? 
  • Is it possible for me to have eggs or embryos frozen before I start treatment?
  • Can you arrange sperm banking for me before I start my treatment?
  • How often will I come to see you after the transplant?
  • Is there a number I can call if I'm worried between appointments?


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Updated: 26 September 2014