Regular check-ups for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
How often you have a check-up after treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma depends on a range of factors, such as the type of disease, the treatment given and your overall health and response to therapy.
At the beginning, patients will often be seen at the specialist clinic every month. If good progress is being made, this will be gradually increased until the patient has a check-up every 3–6 months, or even once a year.
During the visit, the doctor will ask about your general condition and perform a physical examination, before arranging any diagnostic tests. These may be the same as the original diagnostic and staging tests, such as blood tests, X-rays and scans.
As always, it’s important to prepare in advance for each check-up, and have everything ready that you were asked to bring. Also, make sure that any questions you may have are written down, rather than trying to remember them at the time.
It can be quite stressful to be reminded about the disease, and many patients worry that the doctor may give them bad news. However, check-ups are an ideal opportunity to catch the first signs of a relapse, should it occur, and for you to tell the doctor about any remaining symptoms you have.
If you are worried about the visit, or are concerned that you may forget things that you are told, think about taking a friend or family member along for support.
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