If you are diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, your doctor will discuss the best options to treat it. This depends on several factors, including:
Your treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer will be customized to your particular needs. One or more of the following therapies may be recommended to treat the cancer or help relieve symptoms.
This is the treatment most often used for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. And since chemotherapy may lower certain types of blood cells, a transfusion of a type of drug called blood cell growth factors may be needed. Liposomal drug delivery is an advanced way of giving chemotherapy that may help it be more effective.
Radiation therapy may be used in early-stage lymphoma or to help symptoms such as pain. It is seldom the only treatment given.
Immunotherapy for Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma may include:
Radioimmunotherapy pairs a monoclonal antibody to a radioactive substance to target cancer cells.
If non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma does not respond to chemotherapy or if it returns, your doctor may recommend a stem cell transplant. Also, since chemotherapy often destroys healthy cells in the blood and bone marrow, patients who have certain types of chemotherapy may need stem cell transplants.
This approach involves closely monitoring non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma without active treatment.
Since Banner MD Anderson is one of the nation’s leading research centers, we’re able to offer clinical trials (research studies) of new treatments for every type and stage of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, including recurrent and relapsed disease.