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What to ask your doctor about treatment for non Hodgkin lymphoma

Men and women discussing non Hodgkin's lymphoma

Some questions you may want to ask your doctor

  • What type of non Hodgkin lymphoma do I have?
  • What grade is my lymphoma and what does that mean?
  • What stage is my lymphoma and what does that mean?
  • What is the likely outcome (prognosis) for me?
  • What sort of treatment do I need?
  • Is the aim of the treatment – to cure my lymphoma or control it?
  • Is there a choice of treatment?
  • How long will the treatment last?
  • Will I have to have any surgery?
  • Will I need to take steroids as part of my treatment?
  • What side effects should I look out for?
  • What written information can you give me about my treatment?
  • Is there a specialist nurse I can see?
  • Could you arrange for me to have a second opinion?
  • How often will you want to see me after my treatment is finished?
  • What will happen at these follow up appointments?
  • Is there a number I can call if I am worried between appointments?
  • Is there anything I should be looking out for?
  • Will I be able to have more treatment if my lymphoma comes back?

There are more suggestions for questions at the end of the sections about 

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Updated: 26 September 2014