When You Visit Your Doctor — Hodgkin's Disease (after the disease has been treated)

The Family Health Guide

Hodgkin's Disease (after the disease has been treated)

Questions to Discuss with Your Doctor:

  • Have you had fevers, heavy sweating at night, weight loss, itchy skin, or swollen lymph nodes?
  • Do you have pain in any of your bones?
  • Do you have a cough?
  • Are you fatigued?
  • Do you get lightheaded?
  • Do you bruise easily or have nosebleeds?
  • Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth?
  • Have you had any recent infections?
  • Do you have a cough?
  • Do you have sinus congestion?
  • Do you have nasal discharge?
  • Do you know when to seek medical attention for signs of infection?
  • Do you know that you still need to practice birth control (both men and women)?
  • Infertility is uncommon with newer chemotherapy regimens. If you are a woman and have undergone early menopause, have you considered hormone replacement therapy?
  • Are you short of breath at rest or with minimal exertion?
  • Do you get chest pain or pressure with exertion?
  • Do you have swelling in your legs?
  • Do you know that chemotherapy and radiation can increase your risk of developing certain other cancers?
  • Are you up-to-date on all of your cancer screening tests?
  • If you are a woman, have you discussed the need for regular mammograms and breast examinations with your doctor?
  • Are you gaining weight?
  • Are you constipated?
  • Are you always cold?
  • Do you have dry skin?

Your Doctor Might Examine the Following Body Structures or Functions:

  • Neck veins
  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Abdomen (for enlargement or tenderness of the liver or spleen)
  • Bones and spine (looking for areas of tenderness)
  • Skin (looking for skin cancers)
  • Lymph Nodes (neck, axilla, elbow, groin)

Your Doctor Might Order the Following Lab Tests or Studies:

  • Blood tests for complete blood counts, kidney and liver function tests (see p. 153)
  • CT scans or conventional x-rays of the chest and abdomen (see p. 317 and 141)