Watchful Waiting (Surveillance) for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Watchful waiting (surveillance) is a period in the treatment of some types of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) in which you are not having treatment. It does not mean that your doctors are giving up or refusing to give you treatment.
What To Expect After Treatment
During this time, you will:
Why It Is Done
Watchful waiting may be an option for you if:
How Well It Works
Watchful waiting is often as effective as more aggressive treatment for some types of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). People with advanced low-grade lymphomas can often live a long time without symptoms.
There do not seem to be any risks involved in watchful waiting for some types of NHL when you are being watched closely by your doctor. If your lymphoma changes, other treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy may be used to control your disease.
What To Think About
Watchful waiting may be a good option if your lymphoma is not the type that can be cured with standard therapy, you are not having troublesome symptoms, and standard therapy is not likely to prolong your life.
Watchful waiting ends when one of the following occurs:
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