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Hodgkin's Disease Treatment

Getting a Second Opinion About Treatment

Before starting treatment, you might want a second opinion about your diagnosis and the treatment plan.
It is a good idea to get a second opinion about the type of lymphoma that you have, because the treatment plan varies by the type of lymphoma. A pathologist at a major referral center can review your biopsy.
You also may want a second opinion about your treatment plan. Many insurance companies cover a second opinion if you or your doctor requests it. It may take some time and effort to gather your medical records and arrange to see another doctor.
Most of the time, it is not a problem to take several weeks to get a second opinion. The delay in starting Hodgkin's disease treatment usually will not make treatment less effective. However, to be sure, you should discuss this delay with your doctor. Some people with this disease need treatment right away.

Options for Treating Hodgkin's Disease

Specific Hodgkin's disease treatment options include:


Biological therapy, bone marrow transplantation, and stem cell transplantation are currently being tested in Hodgkin's research trials as possible treatment options for Hodgkin's disease.
(Click Hodgkin's Treatment by Stage for more information.)

Side Effects of Hodgkin's Disease Treatment

Hodgkin's disease treatment options are powerful. While they destroy cancer cells, they may also damage healthy cells and tissue. This can lead to side effects.
These possible side effects depend mainly on the type and extent of the treatment. Side effects may not be the same for each person, and they may change from one treatment session to the next. The younger a person is, the easier it may be to cope with treatment and its side effects.
Before treatment starts, the healthcare team should explain the possible side effects of treating Hodgkin's disease and suggest ways to help you manage them.
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