Each type of treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) has side effects that could last for months or longer. And there are some that might not show up until long after treatment has ended. Some side effects, like loss of fertility (ability to have children), heart damage, and low thyroid hormones, can be permanent.
Because so many people are now living for a long time after their treatment, watching for these late and long-lasting side effects is very important. Be sure to talk to your treatment team about what these possible effects might be so you know what to watch for and report to the doctor.
One uncommon but very serious side effect of HL treatment is developing a second type of cancer later on. People who’ve had HL have a higher risk for many types of cancer. See Second Cancers After Hodgkin Lymphoma for more on this.