What should I ask my doctor about treatment if I am diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease?

Here are some questions you may want to ask: What are the expected benefits of treatment? Would a clinical trial be appropriate for me? What are the risks and possible side effects of treatment? Will treatment affect my fertility? Can I keep working during treatment? Will I have to change my normal activities? How often will I need checkups? Your doctor is the best person to give advice about working or limiting other activities, but it may be hard for some people to talk to the doctor about their feelings ...

How is Hodgkin’s disease treated?

Treatment for Hodgkin's disease usually includes radiation therapy or chemotherapy. Sometimes, both are given. Treatment decisions depend on the stage of disease, its location in the body, which symptoms are present, and the general health and age of the patient. (Treatment of children with Hodgkin's disease is more complex and is not discussed here.) Patients are often referred to doctors or medical centers that have special interest in the different treatments of Hodgkin's disease. Patients may also want ...

Clinical trial decision for head and neck cancer

Clinical trials are studies that help evaluate a new treatment. Clinical trials do two things: they attempt to answer scientific questions and they find new and better ways to help cancer patients. An institutional review board (IRB) carefully reviews each clinical trial before patients begin participating. Also, some studies are reviewed by government agencies, such as the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A patient may or may not wish to participate in a clinical...