Lymphoma - Hodgkin: Questions to Ask the Doctor

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 06/2014

ON THIS PAGE: You will find some questions to ask your doctor or other members of your health care team, to help you better understand your diagnosis, treatment plan, and overall care. To see other pages, use the menu on the side of your screen.

Talking often with the doctor is important to make informed decisions about your health care. These suggested questions are a starting point to help you learn more about your cancer care and treatment. You are also encouraged to ask additional questions that are important to you. You may want to print this list and bring it to your next appointment, or download Cancer.Net’s free mobile app for an e-list and other interactive tools to manage your care.

  • What type of Hodgkin lymphoma do I have?
  • How experienced are you in treating patients with Hodgkin lymphoma?
  • Can you explain my pathology report (laboratory test results) to me?
  • Has my biopsy been reviewed by a pathologist who is an expert in lymphoma?
  • What is the stage of my Hodgkin lymphoma? What is the subtype?
  • What good and poor prognostic factors do I have?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • What clinical trials are open to me? Where are they located, and how do I find out more about them?
  • What treatment plan do you recommend? Why?
  • What is the goal of each treatment? Is it to eliminate the cancer, help me feel better, or both?
  • What chemotherapy treatment do you recommend? How many treatments? Why?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of chemotherapy alone versus chemotherapy plus radiation treatment?
  • What, if any, radiation treatment do you recommend, and why?
  • Who will be part of my health care team, and what does each member do?
  • Who will be coordinating my overall treatment and follow-up care?
  • Should I get a second opinion?
  • What are the possible side effects of treatment, both in the short term and the long term?
  • What symptoms should I be most concerned about during treatment? When and how should I contact the health care team if they appear or get worse?
  • How will this treatment affect my daily life? Will I be able to work, exercise, and perform my usual activities?
  • Could this treatment affect my sex life? If so, how and for how long?
  • Could this treatment affect my ability to become pregnant or have children? If so, should I talk with a fertility specialist before cancer treatment begins? If I’m a man, should I bank my sperm?
  • If I’m worried about managing the costs related to my cancer care, who can help me with these concerns?
  • How can I stay as healthy as possible during treatment?
  • What follow-up tests will I need, and how often will I need them?
  • What support services are available to me? To my family?
  • Whom should I call for questions or problems?

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