Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Lymphoma Treatment

Treatment for lymphoma depends on the type of lymphoma and the degree of spread (stage). Treatment often includes some combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Surgery may be required to remove a tumor. In some cases, treatment for lymphoma may include removal of the spleen.

Treatment options for lymphoma may include:

  • Chemotherapy for lymphoma
  • Radiation therapy for lymphoma
  • Surgery for lymphoma:
    • To remove lymphoma tumors from organs
  • Splenectomy for lymphoma:
    • Removal of the spleen
  • Bone marrow transplant for lymphoma

Treatment options for Hodgkin's disease may include:

Treatment options for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma may include:

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Lymphoma Chemotherapy

The decision to treat lymphoma with chemotherapy is dependent upon the type of the lymphoma and the stage of the lymphoma. Effective combinations of chemotherapy drugs have been developed for each type of lymphoma.

Hodgkin's Disease
Early-stage Hodgkin's disease may be treated adequately with radiation therapy alone and may not require chemotherapy. Late-stage disease is usually treated with chemotherapy alone, or in combination with radiation therapy.

Chemotherapy medications for Hodgkin's disease:

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Non-Hodgkin's lymphomas may be treated with a single chemotherapy medication, or combinations of medications.

Chemotherapy medications for non-Hodgkin's disease:

Lymphoma Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after treatment for lymphoma.

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?

Lymphoma Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy is used to treat lymphoma.

Radiation therapy can be given in two forms:

  • Total nodal irradiation for lymphoma:
    • All lymph nodes receive radiation
  • Total body irradiation for lymphoma:
    • The entire body receives radiation

Complications of radiation therapy include:

Lymphoma Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat lymphoma:

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Last Updated: Dec 17, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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