Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma - Treatment Overview
Report to your doctor any problems you have, as soon as
they appear. If you are having a problem, you may need to make some new
Treatment if the condition gets worse
You may be
offered the following treatment options if your disease progresses:
Radiation therapy may be used alone or in combination with other treatments if
non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) recurs.
Targeted radiation therapy uses monoclonal antibodies
to deliver radiation directly to lymphoma cells.
Chemotherapy often effectively treats recurrent NHL.
Sometimes a person may take one type of chemotherapy for several cycles and
later be switched to different medicines if the first medicines are no longer
Stem cell transplant is often used to treat recurrent lymphoma. Stem cell transplant may
be offered as part of standard treatment or in a clinical trial. Talk with your
doctor to see if a clinical trial may be available for your type of recurrent
Biological therapy may be used to treat
What to think about
Survival rates have improved
as a result of
clinical trials. Clinical trials provide evidence
about new medicines and treatments that may help people who have non-Hodgkin's
lymphoma live longer and have a better quality of life. If you are interested
in taking part in a clinical trial, check with your doctor to see if there are
any clinical trials available in your area.
Your doctor may use
the term "remission" instead of "cure" when talking about the effectiveness of
your treatment. Although many people with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma are
successfully treated, the term remission is used because cancer can return. It
is important to discuss with your doctor the possibility of recurrence.
Even after effective treatment for NHL, you may be at slightly higher
risk for other types of cancer, especially melanoma, lung, brain, kidney, and
bladder cancers. Be watchful for any symptoms of cancer.
information about specific treatments, see the following topics:
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma can also occur in children and adolescents, but it is not very common. When children get NHL, it is not the same kind that is common in adults. Also, treatments for children and adolescents are different from treatments for adults.
For more information about treatments for children and adolescents, see the following topics: