People with lymphoma experience a range of treatment and support needs that require a coordinated approach to the planning and delivery of care. These needs vary in severity and complexity depending on disease type, stage and treatment required:23, 24
- physical needs
- symptoms related to the location and pathology of the lymphoma
- psychological needs
- anxiety associated with a malignant diagnosis
- uncertainty relating to the future
- loss of control of day-to-day life
- social/practical needs
- impact on financial circumstances
- changes in relationships
- changes in social roles (husband, father, friend)
- information needs
- specific lymphoma resources
- treatment options and impact of treatment on self and others
- access to support groups
- access and information regarding complementary therapies.
Describe key principles for ensuring the needs of a person newly diagnosed with NHL are identified.
Identify a list of potential care providers and services that may be involved in meeting the supportive care needs of a person newly diagnosed with NHL.
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Stage III Diffuse Large B-cell lymphoma
Retired train driver.
Financially stable drawing on pension.
Their daughter Joan lives a 15-minute drive away with her husband and two young children.
Arthur has limited contact with old work colleagues due to Phoebe's increasing care requirements, but he enjoys playing cards with his neighbour once or twice a week.
Discuss possible supportive care needs Arthur may have that relate to his role as a carer, and suggest SCN responses.