7 Steps You Should Take Once
You’re Diagnosed or Relapse with Lymphoma

Being diagnosed with lymphoma can be difficult and understanding all treatment options is overwhelming. Patients recently diagnosed or relapsed with lymphoma may be wondering what the right next step would be.

It doesn’t have to be done alone.

We’ve created an actionable guide that lays out the considerations when dealing with a lymphoma diagnosis to ensure no step is missed and to help manage the process.

7 Steps You Should Take Once You’re Diagnosed or Relapse with Lymphoma

Step 1: Understand Your Diagnosis

Understand Your Diagnosis

Ask the right questions. Here are some you can use when speaking to your doctor:

  • Where is the cancer located?
  • Has the cancer spread from where it started?
  • What is the stage of my cancer? What does this mean?
  • What is my prognosis?
  • What treatment do you recommend and why?
  • Should I get genetic testing?
  • Should I think about participating in a clinical trial?

Educating youself is essential. Here are some resources you can access to learn more about your cancer:

  • National Cancer Institute
  • American Cancer Society
  • Massive Bio Patient Resources

Step 2: Build A Cancer Care Team

Build A Cancer Care Team

Build A Cancer Care Team

Nobody Should Go Through This Alone

Your cancer care is not just in the hands of your oncologist. There are additional team members to consider enlisting in your fight against cancer.

  • Family and friends
  • Primary doctor and nursing staff
  • Genetic Specialists
  • Nutritionists
  • Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Support or advocacy groups

Step 3: Get the Right Tests

Get the Right Tests

The common tests that you should receive when diagnosed with lymphoma are biopsies of the lymph nodes, blood tests, X-rays, imaging tests, spinal tap, and an ultrasound. In some cases, a biopsy of the bone marrow or spinal tap may be needed. It is important to get the right tests to best decide your treatment options. Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) can help you determine your biomarker status, to assist in the selection of treatment.

Massive Bio recommends Next Generation Sequencing for cancer patients.
Get the Right Tests

Step 4: Know All Your Treatment Options

Standard of Care

The most commonly recommended treatment for a type of lymphoma.

Biomarker Status

Knowing your biomarker status can help determine the effectiveness of targeted therapy or other therapies.

Clinical Trials

Cancer clinical trials are research studies used to improve treatments and quality of life for patients.

Expanded Access

Access to an investigational medical product for treatment outside of clinical trials in immediately life-threatening conditions.

Know All Your Treatment Options

Know All Your Treatment Options

Step 5: Handle the Logistics

Handle the Logistics

You will run into many roadblocks throughout your cancer journey. Patient advocates are available to help you manage these logistics. It is important to recognize everything required for you to actually receive treatment for your cancer so you know what is expected.

Travel and expenses
Babysitting and daycare
Time off of work
Insurance and financial assistance
Get required testing
Sharing of medical records

Step 6: Outline Your Treatment Options

Outline Your Treatment Options

Work with your cancer care team to build an actionable plan and understand all your treatment options and what success means for each. Be prepared with different treatment options if your plans do change.

Outline Your Treatment Options

Step 7: Take A Step Forward

Take A Step Forward

Take A Step Forward

Towards a positive outcome.

Decide on a treatment plan and stay positive during your cancer journey. Know that there are resources and people around you who are willing to help.

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