Article previously published in the Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation's Forum Fall 2012 newsletter.
If you or someone close to you has been given a diagnosis of cutaneous lymphoma, you probably have many questions and concerns. You may not even be sure about what kinds of questions to ask. Having a prepared list of questions for your healthcare provider can help you get the information you need to make informed decisions.
- What type of cutaneous lymphoma do I have?
- Should I get a second opinion?
- What stage is my cutaneous lymphoma?
- How advanced is my stage of disease?
- What treatment is appropriate for my stage of cutaneous lymphoma?
- Why are you recommending this particular treatment?
- Is there any written material about the recommended treatment that we can take home to read?
- What are the goals of this treatment?
- How long will the treatment last?
- What are the risks of this treatment?
- What are the side effects of this treatment?
- Are there ways to manage the side effects?
- How do we know if a side effect is severe enough to warrant calling you?
Preparing for Treatment:
- Where can I get treatment?
- Is there a location near my home?
- What do we need to do to prepare for this treatment?
- Is there anything that’s important to avoid before or during treatment?
- Can you tell us what to expect during treatment -- where does it take place, how long does it last, and is it uncomfortable?
- How do patients typically feel after treatment, both immediately afterward and in the days that follow?
- What’s the best way for us to contact you when we have more questions about the treatment?
- Are there other treatment options available for cutaneous lymphoma and what are the pros and cons of each?
- Are there any new treatment options or clinical trials we should be aware of?
How many cases of cutaneous lymphoma do you see a year?
Is it a good idea to make certain diet or lifestyle changes, and how can friends and family help with these?