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Making Treatment Decisions
CONSIDERING LATE EFFECTS
Hodgkin's Lymphoma:
Importance of Late Effects
When Deciding Treatment
UNDERSTANDING POTENTIAL LATE EFFECTS SUCH AS SECONDARY CANCERS,
FERTILITY, LUNG ISSUES, CARDIAC ISSUES, AND MORE.
BY RACHEL MURPHY-BANKS
I
t was both easy and hard to think of the
future when I was diagnosed with cancer.
Easy, because as soon as I heard, " You
have lymphoma, most likely Hodgkin's
lymphoma, " I knew my immediate future
would be harder than anything I had ever
experienced. But at the same time, I embraced
a mental stance that I just had to get through
treatment to have a healthy future. It took about
a month to complete the biopsy surgery, staging
of disease, and to meet my oncologist to discuss
treatment. By that point I was more than ready
to start therapy. I knew next to nothing about
treatment of Hodgkin's and would label myself
as a passive patient at that time, following the
instructions provided by my oncology team to
the letter. If I was told about possible late effects
from chemotherapy, I don't recall it and I would
not have known what to ask. That's the hard
part about thinking about the future, I was so in
the moment and sought immediate resolution
from the cancer, rather than thinking/knowing/asking
what I should be aware of in terms
of potential health consequences from therapy
that might occur decades later.
In 2013, after six months of chemo and five
years of surveillance appointments, scans/Xrays,
and labs, I said goodbye to my treating
oncologist for the last time. I had previously
received a list of the chemo drugs, doses, and
dates (though my last infusion was missing)
and I left her office feeling a sense of both re22
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