Coping with Lymphoma

Understanding Lymphoma

Coping with Lymphoma

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.  Below are suggestions for how to cope with some issues that patients may face:

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Maintaining a strong support system

  • Communicate your fears and concerns with your family, friends, doctors and counselors
  • Writing down concerns in a journal
  • Find a support group or other individuals who are also coping with cancer
  • Join the Foundation’s Lymphoma Support Network (LSN), our peer support program

Seeking help for depression and/or anxiety

  • Feeling sad or depressed is not unusual for people living with cancer
  • Watch out for signs of depression: sleeping more or less than usual; feeling a lack of energy; crying; inability to concentrate
  • Ask for a referral to a psychiatrist, social worker, psychologist, or counselor who will help through talk therapy, medications, or both
  • Find a support group of people who have had similar experiences

Dealing with physical changes

  • Some patients with cancer feel unattractive because of hair loss and other changes in appearance caused by their treatment
  • Ask the doctor what changes should be expected; plan ahead and buy a wig or head covering if hair loss is a possibility
  • Get advice from a beautician about makeup for the areas considered a problem
  • Ask the healthcare team for advice on how to manage temporary changes such as skin, brittle nails, and blotchy complexion

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Many patients today face the problem of how to pay for rising healthcare costs.  Cancer organizations like the Lymphoma Research Foundation offer limited financial assistance to patients who qualify.


Living a healthy lifestyle–including eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, exercising, not smoking, limiting alcohol consumption, etc.–can reduce a survivor’s risk of developing late health effects from treatment.