Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma

Living with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Living with a serious disease like non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is not easy. People with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, or other types of cancer and those who care about them face many problems and challenges. Coping with these problems is often easier when people have helpful information and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma support services.

Having a strong support group can be very helpful when dealing with a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosis. Friends and relatives can be very supportive. Also, it helps many patients to discuss their concerns with others who have cancer. Cancer patients often get together in support groups, where they can share what they have learned about coping with cancer and the effects of treatment. It is important to keep in mind, however, that each person is different. Treatments and ways of dealing with cancer that work for one person may not be right for another -- even if they both have the same kind of cancer. It is always a good idea to discuss the advice of friends and family members with the health care provider.

In addition to the immediate concerns caused by a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosis, people living with cancer may worry about what the future holds. They may also worry about holding their jobs, caring for their families, keeping up with daily activities, or personal relationships. Concerns about tests, treatments, hospital stays, and medical bills are also common. Doctors, nurses, and other members of the health care team can answer questions about treatment, working, or other activities. Meeting with a social worker, counselor, psychologist, or member of the clergy can be helpful to people who want to talk about their feelings or discuss their concerns. Often, a social worker can suggest groups that can help with rehabilitation, emotional support, financial aid, transportation, or home care.

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