Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - 29

Advocacy Guide
11
SHOULD I SEEK A SECOND OPINION BEFORE STARTING TREATMENT?
When you're facing Hodgkin lymphoma treatment, it is normal to look to several different experts to seek opinions on the
treatment option that works best for you. You might want to seek a second opinion through another doctor, for example, who can
look at your test results, talk with you about your personal situation, and give you a new or validated perspective on treatment
options. Getting a second opinion can also help you feel confident about your diagnosis and treatment plan. Don't be afraid to ask
your doctor if there is time to get one, and remember you always have the right to a second opinion. 9
Getting a second opinion is very normal following a cancer diagnosis, and an experienced oncologist should welcome and
encourage you to seek a second opinion as you decide on a treatment that is the best fit for you.
If the second opinion turns out to be different from the first, you may want to consider asking both doctors to explain how they
arrived at their recommended treatment plan based on your specific diagnosis. You can also inquire about the clinical data or
professional guidelines they consulted, and whether they had recommended this treatment plan successfully to other Hodgkin
lymphoma patients with similar cases and considerations as you. 9
If these questions do not help you come to a treatment decision, ask if it is possible for the two doctors to review your case together.
In some instances, your second opinion may feel like the better choice, and you may want to change your oncologist or treatment
center as a result. Most importantly, you should feel confident as you make your decision and prepare to start treatment. 9
Getting a second opinion is very normal following a cancer
diagnosis, and an experienced oncologist should welcome and
encourage you to seek a second opinion as you decide on a
treatment that is the best fit for you.
12
13
WHAT FACTORS ARE IMPORTANT WHEN DETERMINING TREATMENT?
The goals of your treatment may be different from that of someone else. It's important to consider factors such as effectiveness,
relapse rates, and side effects, as well as to understand if your treatment goal is cure, keep the disease from progressing, or to make
you more comfortable. 10
The type of health insurance you have may also affect your treatment decision. Ask your insurance company for a list of all innetwork
and out-of-network treatment centers and providers in your area, what out of pocket costs you may incur and what may be
covered if you have private insurance, or Medicaid and/or Medicare. You can also inquire about financial assistance with treatment
costs that are offered by pharmaceutical companies who manufacture different treatment options. 11
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS AND RISKS OF EACH TREATMENT OPTION?
Each treatment comes with benefits and risks, which is why it's important to understand all your available options. Risks can
include short-term side effects, long-term effects and late effects, which may appear months or years after treatment. Balancing
those risks with the potential benefit of each treatment can help you and your doctor decide on a personalized treatment plan.10
DIAGNOSIS, AND FIND HELPFUL RESOURCES FOR MANAGING HODGKIN LYMPHOMA FROM DIAGNOSIS THROUGH TREATMENT.
ELEPHANTSANDTEA.COM
HODGKIN LYMPHOMA ISSUE 2021
29
http://www.ELEPHANTSANDTEA.COM

Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021

Contents
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - Cover1
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - Cover2
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - 1
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - Contents
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - 3
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - 4
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - 5
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - 6
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - 7
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - 8
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - 9
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - 10
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - 11
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - 12
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - 13
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - 14
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - 15
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - 16
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - 17
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - 18
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - 19
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - 20
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - 21
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - 22
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - 23
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - 24
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - 25
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - 26
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - 27
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - 28
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - 29
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - 30
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - 31
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - 32
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - Cover3
Elephants and Tea: Hodgkin Lymphoma Issue 2021 - Cover4
https://www.nxtbookmedia.com