What to think about
Your doctor may use
the term "remission" instead of "cure" when talking about the effectiveness of
your treatment. Although many people with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma are
successfully treated, the term remission is used because cancer can return. It
is important to discuss with your doctor the possibility of recurrence.
Even after effective treatment for NHL, you may be at slightly higher
risk for other types of cancer, especially melanoma, lung, brain, kidney, and
bladder cancers. Be watchful for any symptoms of cancer.
Additional information about NHL is provided by the National Cancer Institute at www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/non-hodgkin.
Cancer treatment has two main goals: curing cancer and making your quality of life as good as possible. Palliative care can improve your quality of life by helping you manage your symptoms. It can also help you with other concerns that you may have when you are living with a serious illness.
For some people who have advanced cancer, a time comes when treatment to cure cancer no longer seems like a good choice. This can be because the side effects, time, and costs of treatment are greater than the promise of cure or relief. But this isn't the end of treatment. You and your doctor can decide when you may be ready for hospice care.
It can be hard to decide when to stop treatment aimed at prolonging your life and shift the focus to end-of-life care.
To learn about the different types of supportive care, see: