Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma: Newly Diagnosed
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of cancer that starts in your lymphatic system. Being told you have cancer can be scary, and you may have many questions. But you have people on your healthcare team to help.
Coping with fear
It’s normal to feel afraid. Learning about your cancer and about your treatment options can make you feel less afraid. This also helps you work with your healthcare team and make the best choices for your treatment. You can also ask to speak with a counselor or find a support group where you can meet others coping with cancer.
Working with your healthcare team
Your healthcare team may include:
Hematologist. This is a doctor who specializes in diseases of the blood and lymphatic systems, including lymphoma.
Medical oncologist. This is a doctor who uses chemotherapy and other medicines to treat cancer.
Radiation oncologist. This is a doctor who uses radiation to treat cancer.
Oncology nurse. This is a nurse who specializes in the care and treatment of people with cancer.
You may have other types of professionals on your team as well. They will answer any questions you may have. They’ll help you through each step you’ll take before, during, and after treatment. Your team will let you know what tests you need and the results of those tests. They’ll guide you in making treatment decisions. And they will help prepare you and your loved ones for what’s ahead.
Learning about treatment options
To decide the best course of treatment for you, your healthcare team needs to know as much as they can about your cancer. This may mean getting some tests. It may also mean working with more than one doctor or other type of healthcare provider. And you may decide that you want to get a second opinion to help you choose a treatment.
Coping with cancer can be very stressful. Talk with your healthcare team about seeing a counselor. They can refer you to someone who can help. You can also visit support groups to talk with other people coping with cancer. Ask your healthcare team about local support groups and online resources that might be useful.