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Supportive Care During Treatment

At any stage of the disease, you can have treatments to:
  • Control pain and other symptoms
  • Relieve the side effects of therapy
  • Ease emotional and practical problems.
This kind of Hodgkin's disease treatment is referred to as supportive care.
You may receive antibiotics and other drugs to help protect you from infections. Your healthcare team may advise you to stay away from crowds and from people with colds and other contagious diseases. If an infection develops, it can be serious, and you will need treatment right away. 
Patients with Hodgkin's disease may be vaccinated against the flu, pneumonia, and meningitis. They should discuss a vaccination plan with their healthcare provider.
Hodgkin's disease and its treatment also can lead to anemia, which may make you feel very tired. Drugs or blood transfusions can help with this problem.

Follow-Up Care After Treatment Is Over

Follow-up care after treating Hodgkin's disease is important. Your doctor will watch your recovery closely and check for recurrence (return) of the lymphoma. Patients who receive treatment for this disease have an increased chance of developing:
Regular follow-up care ensures that patients are carefully monitored, that any changes in health are identified, and that new or recurrent cancer can be detected and treated as soon as possible.
Between scheduled visits, you should contact the doctor right away if you have any health problems.
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