Watchful waiting (surveillance) is a period in the treatment of
some types of
non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) in which you are not having treatment. It does not mean that your doctors are giving
up or refusing to give you treatment.
During this time, you will:
Watchful waiting may be an option for you if:
Watchful waiting is often as effective as other treatments
for some types of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). Some people with slow-growing NHL may live a long time without symptoms.
There do not seem to be any risks involved in watchful waiting for some types of
NHL when you are being watched closely by your doctor. If your lymphoma changes, other treatments such as chemotherapy or
radiation therapy may be used to control your disease.
Watchful waiting may be a good option if your lymphoma is not the
type that can be cured with standard therapy, you are not having troublesome
symptoms, and standard therapy is not likely to prolong your life.
Watchful waiting ends when one of the following occurs:
Complete the special treatment information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you understand this treatment.
March 29, 2012
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
& Douglas A. Stewart, MD - Medical Oncology
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