In most hospitals a team of specialists will talk to you about the treatment they feel is best for you.
This multidisciplinary team (MDT) will include:
- a haematologist, a doctor who specialises in treating blood disorders
- medical and clinical oncologists who specialise in chemotherapy and radiotherapy
- a radiologist, a doctor who analyses scans and x-rays
- a clinical nurse specialist, who will make sure you get help and support throughout your treatment.
It may also include other healthcare professionals, such as a dietitian, physiotherapist, occupational therapist or counsellor.
Together, they can advise you on the best course of action and plan your treatment.
If two treatments are equally effective for your type and stage of lymphoma, your doctors may offer you a choice of treatments. Sometimes people find it hard to make a decision. If you’re asked to make a choice, make sure that you have enough information about the different options, what is involved and the possible side effects, so you can choose the right treatment for you.
Remember to ask questions about anything you feel worried about or don’t understand. You may find it helpful to discuss the benefits and disadvantages of each option with your doctor or specialist nurse. Or you can talk to our cancer support specialists.