Leukemia, Lymphoma / Blood Cancers Mini Guide TOC - Medications
Your doctor may prescribe medicines that
will affect the growth of
non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and relieve your symptoms.
Chemotherapy may be used alone or with radiation therapy. Sometimes a
combination of chemotherapy medicines is more effective than a single
The most commonly used combination is called CHOP. It combines four medicines: cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone.
Your doctor will work with you to find the best medicine for the type of lymphoma you have.
Chemotherapy causes many side effects. For help with how to deal with these, see Home Treatment. Your doctor may
medicines to control nausea and vomiting from
Targeted therapy uses monoclonal antibodies in medicine that is injected into the body so these antibodies can attach to cancer cells and destroy them. The monoclonal antibodies used to treat NHL include:
- Rituximab (Rituxan).
- Alemtuzumab (Campath).
- Ibritumomab (Zevalin).
- Tositumomab (Bexxar).
Some treatments use interferon or antibiotic medicines. Your doctor will suggest the treatment that works best for your kind of lymphoma.
What to think about
You may not be able to become
pregnant or father a child after chemotherapy treatment. Discuss fertility
issues with your doctor before starting treatment. Chemotherapy medicines can
also cause birth defects. If you are pregnant or wish to father a child,
discuss the risk of birth defects with your doctor before using any