Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma: Questions About Treatment
Your doctor will recommend treatment options based on the stage of your Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL), your overall health and your treatment preferences. In all cases, treatment should be individualized for you.
If your disease is diagnosed early, categorized as an indolent (slow growing), and you have no symptoms, your doctor may recommend a watch and wait approach. This means your doctor may not recommend any treatment at the time of diagnosis.
If immediate treatment is required, there are a number of options. It may be helpful to create a treatment plan to address the short- and long-term goals of managing your cancer. Talk through the options with your doctors in order to develop a treatment plan that is right for you. It is okay to seek a second opinion to discuss your diagnosis or treatment options.
When you talk with your doctors, ask questions if you do not understand any aspect of treatment or the medical terms they are using. One of the best ways to improve communication with your healthcare team is to prepare questions before your visits. It is also helpful to write down notes when your doctor talks so you can remember what was said. You may want to bring a friend or family member to take notes for you.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor:
- What stage is my NHL?
- What type of treatment do you recommend at this time?
- How often and where will the treatment take place? Will I have to stay overnight in the hospital for any part of the treatment?
- What are the goals of my treatment?
- What are the side effects of treatment?
- Will I need someone to take care of me at any point during this treatment?
- Do you recommend a clinical trial at this time?
- How will my cancer affect my quality of life?
- What will my treatment cost and how much will my insurance cover?
Information provided by Cancer Support Community.