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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Hodgkin disease, or Hodgkin lymphoma, is a cancer of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system contains lymph vessels, lymph nodes, and glands. Lymph vessels carry lymph fluid throughout the body. Lymph fluid contains lymphocytes (white blood cells) that help fight infection and disease. Hodgkin lymphoma causes lymphocytes to grow and divide without control and to form tumors.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
- Medicines may be given to decrease nausea.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your oncologist as directed:
You will need to see your oncologist for ongoing treatment. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
- Rest as needed. Return to activities slowly, and do more as you feel stronger.
- Eat healthy foods. Eat a variety of healthy foods to get the protein, carbohydrates, and other nutrients your body needs. You may need to change the foods you eat depending on your treatments and side effects. You may also need to eat more calories than usual. Work with a dietitian to plan the best meals and snacks for you. Ask if you should take vitamins.
- Drink liquids as directed. Ask how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you. Drink extra liquids to prevent dehydration. You will also need to replace fluid if you are vomiting or have diarrhea from cancer treatments.
- Avoid people who have a cold or the flu. Also try to stay away from large groups of people to decrease your risk.
Contact your oncologist if:
- You feel a new lump.
- You have a fever or night sweats.
- You lose weight without trying.
- Your bones or muscles hurt.
- You are more tired than usual.
- You are vomiting and cannot keep any food or liquids down.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You have sudden chest pain.
- You have trouble breathing.
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