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Caring for a patient with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

It’s not easy to know what to say or do to help someone who has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. There is no right or wrong way of responding to the situation.

Although it’s a natural reaction, it is important to remember that patients don’t always need to be “cheered up” – just being there is often enough. Also, it’s better to say nothing at all and listen than to say something that seems false or insensitive.

It can be a great help to think of practical things you can do, such as organise transport to the clinic, prepare meals, go along to appointments to help the patient remember what is said and ask questions, and organise activities when they are feeling better.

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