After treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma, doctors at NYU Langone let you know a schedule for follow-up appointments, which may involve physical exams, blood tests, and imaging tests to ensure the disease is under control and has not returned. The type of follow-up care depends on the aggressiveness of the lymphoma and the type of treatment you received.
Doctors at NYU Langone remain involved in your care and are available seven days a week to answer your questions, address your concerns, and assist with any needs that arise. Several support services are also available at Perlmutter Cancer Center to help you manage your health after treatment. These services may be especially valuable if you have undergone a stem cell transplant as part of your therapy.
Ongoing Side Effect Management
Our supportive care team can provide you with ongoing treatment of any side effects you experience during and after treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Your doctor may prescribe medications or recommend integrative therapies known to be safe and effective, such as massage therapy, which can help to reduce stress, and acupuncture, which may relieve hot flashes and fatigue related to therapy.
Psychological and Social Support
People who have undergone treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma may experience depression or anxiety related to coping with a long-term condition. Support groups and one-on-one counseling sessions with a psycho-oncologist, a healthcare provider trained in addressing the psychological needs of people with cancer, are available at the Perlmutter Cancer Center to help you manage any issues that arise during and after treatment.
Social workers are also available to help you address financial concerns associated with the ongoing treatment and monitoring of a chronic illness.
Managing Weakness and Fatigue
Our physical therapists at Rusk Rehabilitation offer a program of strength training and aerobic exercise to address weakness and fatigue caused by the cancer itself or by treatments such as chemotherapy and monoclonal antibody therapy. After an evaluation, our doctors can prescribe a rehabilitation program, with the goal of optimizing your independence at home and in your community.
A possible side effect of the chemotherapy drugs used to treat non-Hodgkin lymphoma is neuropathy. It consists of nerve damage accompanied by numbness, tingling, pain, and weakness in the hands, feet, arms, legs, or other parts of the body.
Doctors at Rusk Rehabilitation can prescribe medication to ease the discomfort caused by neuropathy, and our physical therapists can help to keep neuropathy from interfering with your balance, strength, and walking.
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