is often the treatment of choice for early-stage or nonaggressive (indolent)
non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). Radiation therapy may be
used alone or combined with other treatment options, such as chemotherapy, for
later or more advanced NHL.
Stem cell transplant may be used to treat NHL that is in remission or has relapsed. Stem cells may be obtained from blood, through a peripheral blood stem cell transplant (PBSCT). Or stem cells can be obtained from bone, in a bone marrow transplant (BMT). PBSCT is the most common method for treating NHL.
Lymphoma refers to a malignancy of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a network of nodes (knots of tissue) connected by vessels. Together, the lymph nodes drain fluid and waste products from the body. The lymph nodes act as tiny filters, removing foreign organisms and cells.
Lymphocytes, are a type of white blood cell that helps fight infections caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi. The lymph node function is to prevent infections from entering the bloodstream. When the lymphatic...
There are many other treatments for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, because there are many kinds of lymphomas. Treatments sometimes include the use of interferon or antibiotic medicines. Your doctor will suggest the treatment that works best for your kind of lymphoma. Or your doctor may suggest that you join a clinical trial. Some treatments being used in clinical trials include lymphoma vaccines and stem cell transplants with high-dose chemotherapy.
non-Hodgkin's lymphoma gets worse, you may want to
palliative care. Palliative care is a kind of care for
people who have illnesses that do not go away and often get worse over time. It
is different from care to cure your illness, called curative treatment.
Palliative care focuses on improving your quality of life-not just in your body
but also in your mind and spirit. Some people combine palliative care with
Palliative care may help you manage symptoms or
side effects from treatment. It could also help you cope with your feelings
about living with a long-term illness, make future plans around your medical
care, or help your family better understand your illness and how to support
If you are interested in palliative care, talk to your
doctor. He or she may be able to manage your care or refer you to a doctor who
specializes in this type of care.
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is often
a progressive condition. If you have been diagnosed with NHL, you may wish to
discuss with your family and your doctor the health care and other legal issues
that arise near the end of life.
A time may come when your goals
or the goals of your loved ones may change from treating or curing an illness
to maintaining comfort and dignity. You may find it helpful and comforting to
state your health care choices in writing (with an
advance directive or living will) while you are still
able to make and communicate these decisions. Think about your treatment
options and which kind of treatment will be best for you. You may wish to
health care agent to make and carry out decisions
about your care if you become unable to speak for yourself. For more
information, see the topic
Care at the End of Life.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 28, 2010
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