Newly Diagnosed Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma? What You Should Know
Our experienced, compassionate team is dedicated to turning people with cancer into survivors. If you have recently been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, learning about treatment options is a good start. Your most important decision, however, is selecting where to get treatment.
First Treatment Is a Crucial Decision
Studies have shown that the first treatment you receive for lymphoma is by far the most important. We encourage you to choose Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) for these reasons:
- Patients who begin their treatment through SCCA often have better outcomes than those who started treatment elsewhere.
- The experts you need are right here: a world-class team of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, hematologists, and pathologists who specialize in lymphoma, as well as specialists in bone marrow transplantation, which was pioneered here.
- We take a “precision medicine” approach. Increasingly, we are able to target treatments to your individual biology and the genetic signature of your disease.
- Our patients have access to advanced therapies being explored in clinical studies for lymphoma conducted at SCCA and its founding organizations, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and UW Medicine.
- SCCA offers the most advanced diagnostic, treatment, and recovery programs—as well as extensive support to help you cope with your cancer.
Get Collaborative Care
We view treatment as a collaborative effort. Your SCCA doctors will discuss all your options and recommend a treatment plan based on your type of cancer and how it has progressed. We’ll also consider your general health, lifestyle, and personal preferences. Together, your team will recommend treatments to optimize your results.
To find out about becoming an SCCA patient, please call us at (800) 804-8824 (toll-free) or (206) 288-SCCA (7222). Or ask your doctor to call us to talk about your condition and treatment options.
Treatment That’s Right for You
If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with lymphoma, here are a few thoughts to consider:
- All cancers and all lymphomas are not the same. In fact, there are 60 types of lymphoma. The treatment that a friend or relative received may not be the best treatment for you. Your health care team can explain the options and discuss which combination is most likely to help you. You may want to read about common treatment options to learn more.
- Don’t rush into a decision about treatment. In most cases, you have time to consider your options and get a second opinion to help you decide what kind of treatment is right for you.
- A diagnosis of cancer can feel overwhelming. We have an experienced, compassionate team ready to help you adjust to what’s happening—offering both medical and emotional support services. It may be helpful to join a support group, or talk to a social worker or chaplain.
- Ask someone you trust to go with you to doctors’ appointments and tests. This person can provide emotional support. A friend can also help by keeping track of questions you want to ask, taking notes, and doing research on your disease and treatment options.