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What are some questions I can ask my doctor about Hodgkin disease?

As you cope with Hodgkin disease and treatment, you need to have honest, open talks with your doctor. Feel free to ask any question that’s on your mind, no matter how small it might seem. Here are some questions you might want to ask. Be sure to add your own questions as you think of them. Nurses, social workers, and other members of the treatment team may also be able to answer many of your questions.

  • What type of Hodgkin disease is it?
  • What is the stage? What does the staging mean?
  • Will I (we) need to have other tests before we can decide on treatment?
  • Are there other doctors I (we) need to see?
  • How much experience do you have treating Hodgkin disease?
  • What are my treatment choices?
  • What do you suggest and why?
  • Does one type of treatment reduce the risk of the lymphoma coming back more than another?
  • How long will treatment last? What will it involve? Where will it be done?
  • How will treatment affect my (or my child’s) daily activities?
  • What short-term side effects might there be from the treatment? What can be done about these side effects?
  • What are the possible long-term side effects?
  • Will the treatment affect my (my child’s) ability to have children? Can we do anything about this?
  • How long will it take to recover from treatment?
  • When will it be OK to go back to work or school?
  • What are the chances that the cancer will come back after treatment? How will I know?
  • What should I do to be ready (or get my child ready) for treatment?
  • What would we do if the treatment doesn’t work or if the lymphoma comes back?
  • What type of follow-up will be needed after treatment?
  • Should we get a second opinion? Can you suggest someone?

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Last Medical Review: 02/05/2013
Last Revised: 02/07/2014