Lymphomas and radiation

Living with Lymphoma

Living with Lymphoma

While radiation therapy itself may be painless, it impacts your body in ways that you can’t always see, and a diagnosis of lymphoma can bring on a whole range of feelings, even affecting relationships. It takes time, but most people adjust well to life after a diagnosis of lymphoma and find a “new normal”. Here are some things to do during treatment to keep your body strong:

  • Get plenty of rest; don’t push yourself too hard.

  • Eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of fluids.

  • Treat your skin in the treatment area with care. Clean with warm water and mild soap, avoid hot or cold packs, and check with your doctor before using lotions or ointments.

  • Talk to your doctor about any medications or supplements you are taking to make sure they are safe to use during radiation.

  • Follow your doctor’s orders and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

  • Find a support group or seek out help to cope with the stress of your cancer and treatment.

You can use an over-the-counter pain medicine if you have pain after treatment. Avoid using a heating pad or warm compress on any area treated by radiation. If pain persists, contact your MRO team.

Life After Treatment

After you’ve completed treatment, you’ll have follow-up visits with your MRO care team, especially in the first few months after treatment, to make sure there is no progression or recurrence. During this time, it’s important to report any new symptoms right away, so the cause can be found and treated.

Follow-up care varies from patient to patient. Your MRO care team may also recommend home care, occupational or vocational therapy, pain management, physical therapy, or participation in support groups.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Minnesota Chapter offers a wide range of free educational and support programs for patients, their families, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. For more information, contact Christina Nielsen, Patient & Community Outreach Manager at 612-259-4522 or christina.nielsen@lls.org.

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