Adult Hodgkin's Lymphoma: Treatment Warning Signs

When your medical team lays out your treatment plan, they will tell you if there will be any side effects. Some side effects can be dangerous and require the attention of a doctor. You should get a list of signs you should look for from your treatment center that require medical attention or immediate treatment.

The following is a list of possible side effects which may require the prompt attention of a doctor:

#1. A fever, usually over 100.5 degrees F (38 deg. Celsius)

  • Unusual fatigue
  • Any infection
  • Prolonged constipation or diarrhea
  • Blood in the stool or urine
  • Mouth or throat sores
  • Excessive cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Unexpected weight gain or loss (10 pounds / 4 kilos or more)
  • Swelling in the legs
  • Tingling in your fingers or toes
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Red dots under your skin
  • Unusual bruising or bleeding
  • Nausea or vomiting despite medication
  • Chest pain
  • Palpitations
  • Wheezing
  • Intense Chills
  • Pain or soreness at the chemo injection site or catheter site

Don't expect to have all these symptoms after treatment- side effects depend on the treatment you have and your health. Some treatments have few if any side effects and treatments do not affect everyone the same way.

Do ask your medical team about side effect questions and what to do before treatment. Have medical contact information (telephone numbers, etc.) readily available in case serious effects come on suddenly.

 

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Resources

Yahoo / ACS - When do I call my doctor?


US NCI - Chemotherapy and You - Effects

 

Related Articles

Further Reading on Adult Hodgkin's Disease / Lymphoma:



Hodgkin's Lymphoma: Treatment

Hodgkin's Lymphoma: ABVD Chemotherapy

Lymphoma: Peripheral Neuropathy

Adult Hodgkin's Lymphoma: Resources

Adult Hodgkin's Lymphoma: Diagnosis

Hodgkin's Lymphoma (Disease) (Main Page)

Bone Marrow and Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplants


For Information on Childhood Hodgkin's:



Childhood Hodgkin's Information Pages

 

Books

Living With Lymphoma, Elizabeth Adler, Oct. 2005

• Chapter 3: Chemotherapy, pp 78-79

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