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Questions to Ask Before Beginning Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Treatment


You may want to ask your doctor the following questions before you begin treatment:

  • What type of lymphoma do I have? May I have a copy of the report from the pathologist?

  • What is the stage of my disease? Where are the tumors?

  • What are my treatment choices? Which do you recommend for me? Why?

  • Will I have more than one kind of treatment?

  • What are the expected benefits of each kind of treatment? How will we know the treatment is working? What tests will be used to check its effectiveness? How often will I get these tests?

  • What are the risks and possible side effects of each treatment? What can we do to control the side effects?

  • How long will treatment last?

  • Will I have to stay in the hospital? If so, for how long?

  • What can I do to take care of myself during treatment?

  • What is the treatment likely to cost? Will my insurance cover the cost?

  • How will treatment affect my normal activities?

  • Would a clinical trial be right for me?

  • How often will I need checkups?

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Source: National Cancer Institute, www.cancer.gov

This article was published in Coping® with Cancer magazine, September/October 2008.