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Support needs of patients with a diagnosis of follicular lymphoma

Horn, Jeff; Campbell, Karen


Jeff Horn


Follicular lymphoma is the second most common sub-type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Although rarely considered curable, this indolent lymphoma typically follows a remitting and relapsing pattern, often over years. There have been many possible treatment options, including radiotherapy and chemotherapy and, until the advent of monoclonal antibody therapy, little improvement in overall survival had been achieved. This article reviews the nature of follicular lymphoma, the treatments and the consequent implications for the nursing of patients who do not require immediate treatment after diagnosis. This lack of treatment may be distressing to the person and may lead to feelings of isolation and anxiety. The nurse can support this patient group by providing information and ongoing psychosocial support.


Horn, J., & Campbell, K. (2010). Support needs of patients with a diagnosis of follicular lymphoma. Cancer Nursing Practice, 9, 34-37.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2010
Deposit Date May 6, 2015
Print ISSN 1475-4266
Electronic ISSN 2047-8933
Publisher RCN Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Pages 34-37
Keywords Chemotherapy, Cancer; Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation; Information Needs; Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin's -- Drug Therapy; Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin's -- Psychosocial Factors; Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin's -- Symptoms; Neoplasm Staging; Practice Guidelines; Profess
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