Improving Provision of Care for Long-term Survivors of Lymphoma

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Abstract

The progressive improvement of lymphoma therapies has led to a significant prolongation of patient survival and life expectancy. However, lymphoma survivors are at high risk of experiencing a range of early and late adverse effects associated with the extent of treatment exposure. Among these, second malignancies and cardiopulmonary diseases can be fatal, and neurocognitive dysfunction, endocrinopathy, muscle atrophy, and persistent fatigue can affect patients' quality of life for decades after treatment. Early recognition and reduction of risk factors and proper monitoring and treatment of these complications require well-defined follow-up criteria, close coordination among specialists of different disciplines, and a tailored model of survivorship care. We have summarized the major aspects of therapy-related effects in lymphoma patients, reviewed the current recommendations for follow-up protocols, and described a new hospital-based model of survivorship care provision from a recent multicenter Italian experience.

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