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Supporting people with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
Preparing for hospital and family doctor visits

Keypoints

  • Patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma should think about each visit to the hospital or their family doctor beforehand
  • They will be told about anything they might need to do before each visit
  • A specialist nurse will often be able to answer any questions about visits to the hospital
  • Patients should write down any questions they might have so that they remember to ask them all

Introduction

Before going to any appointment it is worth thinking about the reasons for the visit. In the case of appointments with the lymphoma team, the clinical nurse specialist or haematologist will be able to help to answer any questions beforehand about the purpose of the visit and what might happen during the visit.

Specifically, patients should think before their visit to the hospital about whether they would like a friend or family member to accompany them to help provide support. They should also think about whether they might need someone to pick them up after the visit, depending on what treatment or tests they might have.

If it is the patient's first visit to the hospital or they are going stay overnight, they may need to bring certain things with them, such as documentation or current medications, as not everything may already be in their records, even if their family doctor already has that information.

In addition, before the visit, patients should consider how much time they are going to spend in the hospital. For example, if they are going to be in hospital overnight or longer, they should think about what they are going to wear while they are there and what they are going to do between treatments and/or tests.

As it may be difficult to remember all your questions, it is often helpful to write them down or, at the very least, to have thought about them beforehand
Patients need to visit the lymphoma team regularly

Patients often have specific questions about the tests they are going to have, their disease and the impact it could have on their lives, and the treatment they might be given.

As it is difficult to remember all of these questions, it is helpful to write down any questions to ask the doctor or, at the very least, to have thought about them beforehand. Writing them down, though, ensures that no question will be forgotten and often helps in working out if there are any further questions or problems that the doctor ought to address. For more information, see Questions to ask the doctor.


 

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