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Talking to Your Doctor About Hodgkins Disease
General Tips for Gathering Information
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
Specific Questions to Ask Your doctor
- What is the stage of my cancer?
- Was I diagnosed early?
- How do we best treat Hodgkins disease?
- What are all my options?
- What are the risks and benefits associated with this treatment plan?
- How long will treatment last?
- Are there side effects I should watch for?
Are there any medications I can take?
- What are the benefits?
- Are there any side effects I should watch for?
- What will I need to change in my daily routine?
- How will I feel during treatment?
- What will I need to do to take care of myself during the treatment period?
- What will we do if the treatment does not succeed?
- Are there any alternative or complementary therapies I should consider?
- How likely is it that my treatments will kill all the cancer cells?
- How do I know that my treatment program is effective?
- What should I do to protect my ability to have children in the future?
- Can you recommend a support group or other patients whom I can talk with?
Hodgkin lymphoma. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society website. Available at: http://www.lls.org/#/diseaseinformation/lymphoma/hodgkinlymphoma/. Accessed April 29, 2013.
Hodgkin lymphoma. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/hodgkin. Accessed April 29, 2013.
- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD; Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 04/2013
- Update Date: 03/18/2013