Keeping good medical records of your child’s treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma
As much as you might want to put the experience behind you once treatment is completed, it is also very important to keep good records of your child’s medical care during this time. Eventually, your child will grow up, be on his or her own, and have new doctors. It is important that your child be able to give the new doctors the details of the cancer diagnosis and treatment. Gathering the details soon after treatment may be easier than trying to get them at some point in the future. There are certain pieces of information that your child’s doctors should have, even into adulthood. These include:
- A copy of the pathology reports from any biopsies or surgeries.
- If surgery was done, a copy of the operative report(s).
- If your child stayed in the hospital, a copy of the discharge summaries that doctors prepare when patients are sent home.
- A list of the final doses of each chemotherapy drug or other drug your child received. (Certain drugs have specific long-term side effects. If you can get a list of these from your child's cancer doctor, this might also help any new primary care doctor.)
- If radiation therapy was given, a final summary of the dose and field.
Last Medical Review: 10/09/2012
Last Revised: 01/17/2013