Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma - Home Treatment
During treatment for any stage of
non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), you can use home
treatment to help manage the side effects that may accompany NHL or its
treatment. Home treatment may be all that is needed to manage the following
common problems. If your doctor has given you instructions or medicines to
treat these symptoms, be sure to follow them. In general, healthy habits such
as eating a balanced diet and getting enough sleep and exercise may help
control your symptoms.
Other issues that may arise include:
Hair loss. This can be emotionally
distressing. Not all chemotherapy medicines cause hair loss, and some people
have only mild thinning that is noticeable only to them. Talk to your doctor
about whether hair loss is an expected side effect with the medicines you will
Sleep problems. If you find you have trouble sleeping,
having a regular bedtime, getting some exercise during the day, avoiding caffeine late in the day,
and using other tips to relieve sleep problems may help you sleep more easily.
Many people with lymphoma face emotional issues because of
their disease or its treatment.
- The diagnosis of any type of cancer and the
need for treatment can be very stressful. You may be able to
reduce your stress by expressing your feelings to
others. Learning relaxation techniques may also help you reduce your
- Your feelings about your body may change following a
diagnosis of cancer and the need for treatment. Adapting to your body image
changes may involve talking openly about your concerns with your partner and
discussing your feelings with your doctor. Your doctor may also be able to
refer you to groups that can offer additional support and
- To prevent weight loss and conserve your strength, be sure to
eat well during treatment for cancer.
Not all forms of cancer or cancer treatment cause pain. If
pain occurs, many treatments are available to relieve it. If your doctor has
given you instructions or medicines to treat pain, be sure to follow them. You
home treatment for pain to improve your physical and mental well-being. Be
sure to discuss with your doctor any home treatment you use for pain.