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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 radiotherapy for NHL, chemotherapy for NHL, biological therapy for NHL and bone marrow and stem cell transplants for NHL.

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Updated: 31 October 2012