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This is an option for some people with indolent lymphoma|. It’s not suitable for aggressive lymphoma.
Watch and wait is most likely to be offered to people who have advanced-stage indolent lymphoma (stage 3 or 4) but who aren’t having symptoms. It’s a way of delaying treatment until it’s needed.
The average time that people follow a watch and wait treatment plan is about three years. But, for some people it’s shorter than this, and for others it can be much longer.
Sometimes people worry when they’re told they won’t begin treatment immediately. However, there can be many advantages to delaying treatment.
Content last reviewed: 1 April 2012
Next planned review: 2014
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