Talking to Your Health Care Provider about Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor or health care provider about your personal risk factors and/or experience with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. By talking openly and regularly with your health care provider, you can take an active role in your care.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your health care provider:
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and ask questions you may not have considered.
- Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you receive, and make sure you understand what is being said. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask questions or ask for more information. You have a right to know.
Specific Questions to Ask Your Health Care Provider
About Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- What is the stage of my cancer?
- Was it caught early?
About Treatment Options
What is the best treatment option for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma?
- What other options are there?
- What are the risks and benefits associated with this treatment plan?
- How long will the treatments last?
- What side effects should I watch for?
- Will my daily routine need to change?
- How will I feel during treatment?
- What will I need to do to take care of myself during the treatment period?
- What will we do if the treatment does not succeed?
About Lifestyle Changes
- How can I protect myself against infection?
- Do I need to make changes in my diet?
- Can I exercise? If so, how much?
About Your Outlook
- Will the treatments kill all the cancer cells?
- How do I know that my treatment program is effective?
- Should I consider participating in a clinical trial?
- Do you know of a support group I could join?
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National Cancer Institute
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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