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After treatment & follow-up
Many patients who develop Hodgkin lymphoma will be cured, and will return to normal life. However, it may be several months before they feel completely well again, especially if they have had high dose chemotherapy with stem cell rescue.
If you have had Hodgkin lymphoma you have a slightly increased risk of getting another type of cancer later on in life. Your doctor can tell you more about this.
If you have had non-Hodgkin lymphoma, it may come back, and you may then need more treatment. Low grade NHL is likely to come back at some stage.
Your doctor will arrange for you to have regular follow-up checks after your treatment has finished. The frequency of these check ups will vary depending on the type of lymphoma you have had and its stage, and so on.
Your doctor will examine you and you will probably have blood tests at each appointment. Your doctor will ask how you are feeling and whether you have any new symptoms.
If you develop any new symptoms, or your doctor feels it is appropriate you may have any of the following tests:
- CT scans
- Ultrasound scans
- MRI scans
If you are worried or notice any new symptoms between appointments let your doctor know straight away. You don't have to wait until the next appointment. Your doctor would rather know if there is something worrying you.