Follow-up Care for Hodgkin’s Disease

When you have radiation and chemotherapy, you may have long-term side effects. While these are not common, they are significant. For these reasons, you’ll need to make sure you keep your follow-up appointments with your doctor. Here are some of the things he or she will be checking you for.

  • How well your thyroid gland is working

  • How strong your heart is (a weakened heart muscle may cause shortness of breath)

  • Signs of a cancer. People who have had Hodgkin’s disease have an increased risk of developing a second type of cancer, particularly a non-Hodgkin’s type of lymphoma, several years after the Hodgkin’s disease has been successfully treated.

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