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:
- You will probably be seen every 3 to 4 months for the first 2 years and then every 6 months until it has been 5 years since your diagnosis. After that, you will only need annual checkups if you have had no relapse.
- Changes in health can be discussed with your doctor. To monitor your health, your doctor may obtain lab tests, such as a chemistry screen and CBC, and imaging tests, such as a chest X-ray or CT scan.
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:
- Radiation therapy may be used alone or in combination with other treatments if non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) recurs. Targeted radiation therapy uses monoclonal antibodies to deliver radiation directly to lymphoma cells.
- Chemotherapy often effectively treats recurrent NHL. Sometimes a person may take one type of chemotherapy for several cycles and later be switched to different medicines if the first medicines are no longer working.
- Stem cell transplant (bone marrow transplant) is often used to treat recurrent lymphoma. Stem cell transplant may be offered as part of standard treatment or in a clinical trial. Talk with your doctor to see if a clinical trial may be available for your type of recurrent disease.
- Biological therapy may be used to treat recurrent lymphoma.