Hodgkin's Disease Treatment
Treatment for Hodgkin's disease usually includes some combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. A small number may benefit from the surgical removal of the spleen.
Treatment options for Hodgkin's disease may include:
- Chemotherapy for Hodgkin's disease
- Mechlorethamine (Mustargen, nitrogen mustard, HN2)
- Bleomycin (Blenoxane)
- Vinblastine (Velban)
- Dacarbazine (DTIC-Dome)
- Etoposide (Toposar, VP-16)
- Vincristine (Oncovin)
- Procarbazine (Matulane)
- Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan)
- Doxorubicin (Adriamycin)
- Medications for nausea and vomiting:
- Aprepitant (Emend)
- Dolasetron (Anzemet)
- Granisetron (Kytril)
- Metoclopramide (Reglan)
- Ondansetron (Zofran)
- Palonosetron (Aloxi)
- Prochlorperazine (Compazine, Compro)
- Radiation therapy for Hodgkin's disease
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Celecoxib (Celebrex)
- Narcotic pain medication:
- Splenectomy for Hodgkin's disease:
- Surgery to remove the spleen
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Hodgkin's Disease Chemotherapy
Early-stage, localized Hodgkin's disease may be adequately treated by localized radiation therapy alone and may not require chemotherapy.
Late-stage disease is usually treated with chemotherapy alone or in combination with radiation therapy. Chemotherapy may include combinations of medications.
Chemotherapy medications for Hodgkin's disease:
- Antineoplastic medications:
- Corticosteroid medications:
Hodgkin's Disease Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of Hodgkin's disease.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
- Are my children at risk for this condition?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Hodgkin's Disease Radiation Therapy
- Total Nodal Irradiation:
- All lymph nodes receive radiation
- Total Body Irradiation:
- The entire body receives radiation
Complications of radiation therapy include:
Hodgkin's Disease Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat Hodgkin's disease:
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