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Treatment if non Hodgkin lymphoma comes back

Men and women discussing non Hodgkin's lymphoma

This page is about what happens if non Hodgkin lymphoma comes back.

Many people with non Hodgkin lymphoma will be cured. But your doctor will not know straight away whether your lymphoma will come back or not.

Some people find that their lymphoma comes back some time after treatment. If this happens to you, it may still be possible for your doctor to cure your NHL. This will depend on

Even if your lymphoma can't be cured, your doctor will be able to give you some treatment to control it. Your doctor may be able to keep you well for long periods at a time.

The treatments used for non Hodgkin lymphoma that has come back are the same treatments that can be used when it is first diagnosed. These are

You may be asked to have more intensive treatment than you had at first. It can be very hard to cope with the news that your cancer has come back, even if your doctor still hopes to cure you. You may want to think about having counselling. A trained counsellor can help you to talk about your fears and worries. And sometimes it feels easier to talk to someone outside your family and friends.

If you would like to talk to someone, look at our information about talking about cancer

You can also find out about counselling

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Updated: 26 September 2014