Caring for someone with cancer
posted by rachhh
12 September 2021

lymphoma non hodgkin

Last reply: 1 year ago

My Mam has been diagnosed with lymphoma non hodgkin she’s in hospital almost 3 weeks. We are hopeful that she will start her chemo on Tuesday as she has to go to another hospital tomorrow for another scan.

The consultant is worried, as the lump is six inches and is close to one of her organs and when the lump shrinks this may damage the organ, if this happens she will have to have an operation, for this reason they will keep her in hospital for her first chemo session.

My Mam is sixty years of age, she is healthy and has a good heart before was admitted to the hospital she would have usually went on a daily power walk and sometimes she would do a jog, I am hoping her good enough health will help her through the chemo and she has a strong heart.

I am not sure what to expect when she comes out of hospital I am not sure where I can buy her hats as she will lose her hair as it’s strong chemo they are going in with.

What can I do to make my Mam’s life easier when she returns home is there certain things I should buy and what should I expect when she’s going through chemo?

Thanks for any advise 🙏

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commented by Cancer Nurse
14 September 2021

1 year ago

Hi Rachhh,

Thank you for posting on the Online Community.

I am sorry to learn that your mum has been diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. This must be a difficult time for you, your mum and family.

You have mentioned that your mum has been quite healthy prior to her diagnosis, this good health will hopefully stand to her while she is going through her chemotherapy. She will be monitored regularly while an inpatient after her first chemotherapy with the aim of addressing any issues should they occur.

There are a number of different suppliers for wigs and hats throughout the country. If you contact us on the Support Line or your local Daffodil Centre we can guide you towards suppliers in the locality. I have attached information here about the different daffodil centres throughout the country.

You might also find  it helpful to contact one of our cancer nurses on the Support Line as we may be able to help you with planning for your mum’s return home. The Support Line number is 1800 200 700, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Kind regards,

Cancer Nurse

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