Follicular Lymphoma: Long-term Survivorship
Since FL is generally characterized by multiple disease relapses after responses to a variety of treatments, patients in The absence of disease. Remission does not necessarily indicate that a person is cured. Patients may have complete or partial remission. should have regular visits with a physician who is familiar with their medical history and the treatments they have received. Medical tests (such as blood tests and computed tomography [CT] or A test that evaluates metabolic activity in different parts of the body using radioisotope. [PET] scans, and biopsies of suspicious masses or the pelvic Spongy material found inside the bones containing stem cells that develop into three types of cells: red blood cells that deliver oxygen to the body and take away carbon dioxide; white blood cells that protect the body from infection; and platelets) may be required at various times during remission to evaluate the need for additional treatment.
Some treatments can cause This term defines toxicities that happen during cancer treatment and continue for months or several years. or Effects of treatment that become apparent only after treatment has ended and may arise many months, years, or even decades after treatment is completed. Cardiovascular problems, osteoporosis, and secondary cancers are examples of late effects., which can vary based on duration and frequency of treatments, age, gender, and the overall health of each patient at the time of treatment. A physician will check for these effects during follow-up care. Visits may become less frequent the longer the disease remains in remission.
Patients and their caregivers are encouraged to keep copies of all medical records and test results as well as information on the types, amounts, and duration of all treatments received. This documentation will be important for keeping track of any effects resulting from treatment or potential disease recurrences.
To learn more, download the Lymphoma Survivorship Fact Sheet