Watchful waiting (surveillance) is a period in the treatment of some types of non-Hodgkin 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.
What To Expect
During this time, you will:
Receive periodic medical tests, including chest X-rays, CT scans, and blood tests, such as chemistry screens and complete blood counts (CBCs).
See your doctor on a regular basis.
Be told which symptoms to report to your doctor immediately.
Why It Is Done
Watchful waiting may be an option for you if:
Your lymphoma is slow-growing (indolent or low-grade).
You are living comfortably and do not have significant symptoms from your lymphoma.
How Well It Works
Watchful waiting is often as effective as having treatment for some types of non-Hodgkin 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.
Current as of:
December 17, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine Douglas A. Stewart MD - Medical Oncology
Medical Review:Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Douglas A. Stewart MD - Medical Oncology
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