Home  >  Health Encyclopedia  >  Health Encyclopedia Home

Health Encyclopedia


Health Encyclopedia Home

Follow-Up Care for Hodgkin Disease

Follow-up Care for Hodgkin Disease

Your doctor will want to watch you closely for some time after you finish treatment. You may need to get physical exams, blood tests, and imaging tests such as X-rays and/or CT scans for at least several years to look for possible signs of cancer recurrence.

Your doctor will also want to monitor you for possible long-term side effects from treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy. While these are not common, they can be 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, fluid buildup in the body, and other problems)

  • How well your lungs are working

  • Signs of a new cancer. People who have had Hodgkin disease have an increased risk of developing a second type of cancer, such as non-Hodgkin lymphoma or leukemia, several years after the Hodgkin disease has been successfully treated.

  • Infections. People who have been treated for Hodgkin disease often have immune system problems that put them at higher risk for infection. 

  • Fertility issues. Treatment for Hodgkin disease, especially at a young age, may affect your ability to have children. 

  • Management of comorbid conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure, and encouragement of lifestyle changes including regular exercise.

Related Items
Cancer Source
  What Is Hodgkin Disease?
  Statistics About Hodgkin Disease
  Can I Get Checked for Hodgkin Disease Before I Have Symptoms
  What Are the Symptoms of Hodgkin Disease
  How the Types of Hodgkin Disease Grow
  I’ve Just Been Told I Have Hodgkin Disease
  What Are the Stages of Hodgkin Disease?
  What to Know About Radiation for Hodgkin Disease
  What to Know About Stem Cell Transplant for Hodgkin Disease
  Do What You Can to Ease Side Effects from Treatment for Hodgkin Disease
  Now! Don't Wait!
  Tests That Help Evaluate Hodgkin Disease
  How Your Doctor Uses a Biopsy to Diagnose Hodgkin Disease
  Can I Survive Hodgkin Disease? What Is My Prognosis?
  Am I at Risk for Hodgkin Disease?
  Types of Treatment for Hodgkin Disease
  What to Know About Treatment for Recurring Hodgkin Disease
Cancer FAQs
  Frequently Asked Questions About Hodgkin Disease
Adult Diseases and Conditions
  Hodgkin Disease
Pediatric Diseases and Conditions
  Hodgkin Lymphoma
  Neck Masses