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Watchful waiting (surveillance) is a period in the treatment of some types of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) in which you are not having treatment. It does not mean that your doctors are giving up or refusing to give you treatment.
During this time, you will:
Watchful waiting may be an option for you if:
Watchful waiting is often as effective as other treatments for some types of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). Some people with slow-growing NHL may live a long time without symptoms.
There do not seem to be any risks involved in watchful waiting for some types of NHL when you are being watched closely by your doctor. If your lymphoma changes, other treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy may be used to control your disease.
Watchful waiting may be a good option if your lymphoma is not the type that can be cured with standard therapy, you are not having troublesome symptoms, and standard therapy is not likely to prolong your life.
Watchful waiting ends when one of the following occurs:
Current as of: April 29, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Douglas A. Stewart MD - Medical Oncology
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