Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Overview

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What are some questions I can ask my doctor about non-Hodgkin lymphoma?

It’s important to have frank, open discussions with your cancer care team. They want to answer all of your questions, no matter how minor they might seem. For instance, consider asking these questions:

  • What kind of NHL do I have?
  • Has my biopsy been reviewed at by a pathologist who is an expert on lymphoma?
  • Are there other tests that need to be done before we can decide on treatment?
  • Will I need to see other doctors?
  • What is the extent (stage) of my disease and what does that mean for me?
  • What are my prognostic factors and do they affect my options?
  • How much experience do you have treating this type of lymphoma?
  • Should I get a second opinion before starting treatment? Can you suggest someone?
  • What are my treatment options? Do we need to start treatment right away?
  • What treatment do you recommend, and why?
  • What risks or side effects might there be from this treatment?
  • What should I do to be ready for treatment?
  • How long will treatment last? What will it be like? Where will it be done?
  • How will treatment affect my daily activities?
  • What is my outlook for survival?
  • What are the chances that the cancer will come back with this treatment plan? What would we do if the treatment doesn't work or if the lymphoma comes back?
  • What type of follow-up will I need after treatment?

Along with these sample questions, be sure to write down some of your own. For instance, you might want more information about recovery times so that you can plan your work or activity schedule. Or you might want to ask about clinical trials. You can find more information about communicating with your health care team in our document Talking With Your Doctor.

Last Medical Review: 08/27/2014
Last Revised: 01/22/2016