Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) behaves differently in each person, and a standard follow-up schedule would not work for everyone. People with NHL should talk to their doctor about a follow-up plan that suits their individual situation. Follow-up care is often shared among the cancer specialists (oncologists) and the family doctor.
After treatment has ended, new symptoms and symptoms that don’t go away should be reported to the doctor without waiting for the next scheduled appointment.
The chance of NHL recurring is greatest within 2 years, so close follow-up is needed during this time.
Follow-up after NHL treatment varies. Follow-up visits are usually scheduled:
During a follow-up visit, the doctor usually asks questions about any new symptoms, the side effects of treatment and how the person is coping. The doctor may do a complete physical examination, including:
People with NHL are encouraged to keep their immunizations up to date, which may include getting:
Tests may be ordered as part of follow-up or if the doctor suspects the cancer has come back (has recurred).
If a recurrence is found during follow-up, the oncology team will assess the person with cancer to determine the best treatment options.