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Lymphoma - Non-Hodgkin - Childhood

This section has been reviewed and approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 9/2012
Questions to Ask the Doctor

Talking often with the doctor is important to make informed decisions about your child’s health care. These suggested questions are a starting point to help you learn more about your child’s cancer care and treatment. You are also encouraged to ask additional questions that are important to you.

  • What type of NHL has been diagnosed?
  • What is the stage of the disease? What does this mean?
  • Can you explain my child’s pathology report (laboratory test results) to me?
  • What are the treatment options?
  • What clinical trials are open to my child?
  • What treatment plan do you recommend? Why?
  • What chemotherapy or immunotherapy will my child receive?
  • Should my child receive a bone marrow/stem cell transplantation?
  • Will my child receive radiation therapy?
  • Will my child need to stay in the hospital? If so, for how long? How often?
  • Who will be part of my child’s health care team, and what does each member do?
  • Who will be coordinating my child’s overall treatment and follow-up care?
  • What are the possible side effects of this treatment, both in the short term and the long term?
  • How will this treatment affect my child’s daily life? Will he or she be able to go to school and perform his or her usual activities?
  • Will this surgery affect my child’s ability to become pregnant or have children in the future? If so, should we talk with a fertility specialist before treatment begins?
  • If I’m worried about managing the costs related to my child’s cancer care, who can help me with these concerns?
  • What follow-up tests will my child need, and how often will he or she need them?
  • What support services are available to my child? To my family?
  • Whom do I call for questions or problems?

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