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What are other treatments for Burkitt lymphoma?

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Other treatments for Burkitt lymphoma may include intensive chemotherapy in combination with:

  • Rituximab (Rituxan), a monoclonal antibody that sticks to proteins on cancer cells and stimulates the immune system to attack cancer cells
  • Autologous stem cell transplantation, in which the patient's stem cells are removed, stored, and returned to the body
  • Radiation therapy
  • Steroid therapy

In some cases, surgery may be needed to remove parts of the intestine that are blocked, bleeding, or have ruptured.

SOURCES:
Merck Manual for Healthcare Professionals: "Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas."
Ferry, J. The Oncologist, 2006.
Macmillan.org: "Burkitt lymphoma and Burkitt-like lymphoma."
Merck Manual Home Edition: "Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas."
Perkins, A. Hematology, 2008.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 9, 2019

SOURCES:
Merck Manual for Healthcare Professionals: "Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas."
Ferry, J. The Oncologist, 2006.
Macmillan.org: "Burkitt lymphoma and Burkitt-like lymphoma."
Merck Manual Home Edition: "Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas."
Perkins, A. Hematology, 2008.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 9, 2019

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