What is included in patient education about diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL)?

Updated: Aug 20, 2020
  • Author: Shipra Gandhi, MBBS; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma should receive information about the following:

  • Febrile neutropenia
  • Postchemotherapy thrombocytopenia and the tendency to bleed with minimal trauma
  • Chemotherapy-associated alopecia
  • Avoidance of pregnancy in reproductive-aged women
  • Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
  • Chemotherapy-associated menstrual dysregulation (females) and the possibility of sexual dysfunction
  • Other sequelae of chemotherapeutic agents, Including secondary leukemias, myelodysplastic syndrome, anaphylactic reactions, and potentially fatal infections
  • Fatigue
  • Sperm banking and risk of sterility for males

Clearly explain transfusions (red blood cells and platelets) and associated complications. In addition, discuss the possibility of (1) long-term complications of higher doses of chemoradiotherapy and (2) mortality rates as high as 3-5% from the conditioning regimen in patients who require HDC and ASCT.

For patient education information, see Leukemia and Lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.


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