Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (cont.)
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Different types of treatment are used for different types of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). Treatment of NHL depends on:
Treatment recommendations that may be appropriate when you are first diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma include:
If you have recently been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, you may experience a lot of emotions. Most people experience some denial, anger, and grief. Other people may have fewer emotions. There is no "normal" or "right" way to react to a diagnosis of lymphoma. There are many steps you can take to help with your emotional reactions. You may find that talking with family and friends helps you with your emotions. Some people may find that spending time alone is what they need.
If your reaction is interfering with your ability to make decisions about your health, it is important to talk with your doctor. Your cancer treatment center may offer psychological or financial services. You may also contact your local chapter of the American Cancer Society to help you find a support group. Talking with other people who may have had similar feelings can be very helpful.
You may use home treatment to help you manage the side effects that may happen with NHL or its treatment.
Schedule regular follow-up examinations with your doctor after you have been treated for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Follow-up care is an important part of the overall treatment plan. During regular follow-up care:
Report to your doctor any problems you have, as soon as they appear. If you are having a problem, you may need to make some new appointments.
Treatment if the condition gets worse
You may be offered the following treatment options if your disease progresses:
What to think about
Survival rates have improved as a result of clinical trials. Clinical trials provide evidence about new medicines and treatments that may help people who have non-Hodgkin's lymphoma live longer and have a better quality of life. If you are interested in taking part in a clinical trial, check with your doctor to see if there are any clinical trials available in your area.
Your doctor may use the term "remission" instead of "cure" when talking about the effectiveness of your treatment. Although many people with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma are successfully treated, the term remission is used because cancer can return. It is important to discuss with your doctor the possibility of recurrence.
Even after effective treatment for NHL, you may be at slightly higher risk for other types of cancer, especially melanoma, lung, brain, kidney, and bladder cancers. Be watchful for any symptoms of cancer.
For more information about specific treatments, see the following topics:
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma can also occur in children and adolescents, but it is not very common. When children get NHL, it is not the same kind that is common in adults. Also, treatments for children and adolescents are different from treatments for adults.
For more information about treatments for children and adolescents, see the following topics:
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