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- What is the lymph system?
- What is Hodgkin's lymphoma?
- What are the types of Hodgkin's lymphoma?
- How is the staging determined for Hodgkin's lymphoma?
- What are the stages of Hodgkin's lymphoma?
- What is the treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma?
- Who are the doctor's who treat Hodgkin's lymphoma?
- How do people get a second opinion for Hodgkin's lymphoma?
- Clinical trials for treatment of Hodgkin's lymphoma
- Chemotherapy for Hodgkin's lymphoma
- Targeted therapy for Hodgkin's lymphoma
- Radiation therapy for Hodgkin's lymphoma
- Stem cell transplantation for Hodgkin's lymphoma
- Nutrition during cancer treatment
- What is the follow-up care after treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma?
- What other support is available for cancer patients?
Nutrition during cancer treatment
Eating well is important before, during, and after treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma. You need the right amount of calories to maintain a good weight. You also need enough protein to keep up your strength. Eating well may help you feel better and have more energy.
Sometimes, especially during or soon after treatment, you may not feel like eating. You may be uncomfortable or tired. You may find that foods don't taste as good as they used to. In addition, poor appetite, nausea, vomiting, mouth blisters, and other side effects of treatment can make it hard for you to eat.
Your doctor, a registered dietitian, or another health care provider can suggest ways to help you meet your nutrition needs. Also, the NCI booklet Eating Hints has many useful recipes and lists of foods that can help with side effects.
What is the follow-up care after treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma?
After treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma, you'll need regular checkups, such as every 3 or 4 months for the first year and less often after that.
Checkups help ensure that any changes in your health are noted and treated if needed. If you have any health problems between checkups, contact your doctor.
Hodgkin lymphoma may come back after treatment.Your doctor will check for the return of lymphoma. Checkups also help detect health problems that can result from cancer treatment, such as heart disease, thyroid disease, or cancer.
Checkups may include a physical exam, blood tests, chest x-rays, CT scans, or other tests.
You may find it helpful to read the NCI booklet Facing Forward: Life After Cancer Treatment. You may also want to read the NCI fact sheet Follow-up Care After Cancer Treatment.