Questions for your doctor
Below are some questions about non-Hodgkin lymphoma to ask your doctor to learn about the disease, and your care and treatment options. Asking your doctor questions will help you make an informed choice. You may want to include some of the questions below in your own list.
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- What type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma do I have?
- What stage is my lymphoma? How far has the cancer spread? How fast is it growing?
- What treatment do you recommend and why?
- Are there other treatment choices for me? If not, why not?
- If I don’t have the treatment, what should I expect?
- I’m thinking of getting a second opinion. Can you recommend anyone?
- How long will treatment take? Will I have to stay in hospital?
- Are there any out-of-pocket expenses not covered by Medicare or my private health cover? Can the costs be reduced if I can’t afford it?
- How will I know the treatment is working?
- Will the treatment cause any pain? How will it be managed?
- Are there any clinical trials or research studies I could join?
- What are the risks and possible side effects of each treatment?
- Will the treatment affect my sex life or fertility?
- Are the latest tests and treatments for non-Hodgkin lymphoma available in this hospital?
- Should I change my diet or physical activity during or after treatment?
- Are there any complementary therapies that might help me?
- Who should I go to for my follow-up appointments?
- How often will I need check-ups after treatment?
- If the non-Hodgkin lymphoma returns, how will I know? What treatments could I have?
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Dr Ian Bilmon, Haematologist, Westmead and Sydney Adventist Hospitals; Dr Anne Capp, Radiation Oncologist, Calvary Mater Newcastle; Rachelle Frith, Clinical Nurse Consultant Haematology, Prince of Wales Hospital; Jason Gardner, Consumer; A/Prof Angela Hong, Radiation Oncologist, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, and Clinical Professor, The University of Sydney; Yvonne King, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council NSW; Samantha Rennie, Social Worker, Cancer Services, St George Hospital. We also thank the health professionals, consumers and editorial teams who have worked on previous editions of this title.
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