Coping with treatment
Undergoing treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma can be an intense experience that can leave you feeling physically and emotionally drained. If you have not done so already, you should ask your doctor or nurse what sort of treatment you are getting and what it will do to the disease.
Ask them to explain what side effects to expect for each treatment and what you can do to cope. Write the names of the treatments down in a notebook to help you to remember.
The treatment schedule can be intensive and you may have to give up work and other activities, at least for a while. You should therefore speak to your employer and make any necessary financial arrangements, ideally before you start treatment.
To feel at your best during treatment, it is crucial to try to eat healthily and learn how to deal with the stresses and strains of living with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, so you can concentrate on getting through the treatment and focus on the weeks and months ahead.
The most important thing is to remember that you are not alone. There are many organisations and support groups in your local area and nationally to help you deal with any issues and listen to your story.
You can even share your story, and read those of fellow patients with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, on this website. To do so, simply visit “Patient stories”.
Some useful links Treatment for newly diagnosed NHL