Awaiting Diagnosis or Recently Diagnosed

Lymphoma Journey

Awaiting or Recent Diagnosis

Receiving a cancer diagnosis is an overwhelming experience.  It is perfectly normal to be shocked by the diagnosis, anxious about the future and confused about the medical information and decisions that need to be made.

Receive individualized support and information. Call the LRF Helpline:

First steps to take after a diagnosis:

  • Take care of yourself (eat, sleep, rest and exercise)
  • Seek the support of family, friends, and others on whom you trust and rely
  • Learn about the disease and treatment options
  • Find medical care that meets your needs
  • Understand the cost of care and what your insurance will cover
  • Maintain a copy of your medical records (paperwork, test results, and your own notes) – Download the Lymphoma Care Plan 
  • Contact the LRF Helpline for support resources and guidance


Doctors need the results of different diagnostic tests to accurately determine whether or not a patient has lymphoma.  Learn about the purpose of these different tests and what to expect during and after these procedures.


Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that occurs when lymphocytes, white blood cells that help protect the body from infection and disease, begin behaving abnormally. Learn about the immune system and treatment impacts.


Lymphoma is a complex disease with more than 100 different subtypes. Common categories of lymphoma include chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).

treatment planning and options

The first steps in participating in treatment are to ask questions, learn about options and work closely with the doctor.  Learn about self-advocacy, treatment options and how to communicate with your health care team.


Each person’s experience with cancer is different, and coping with the physical and emotional impact of having lymphoma is unique to a patient’s personality and situation.  Learn about coping strategies, financial considerations, and nutrition.

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Download the Lymphoma Care Plan

Keeping your information in one location can help you feel more in control during and after treatment. Patients should complete this
form with their care team.