If you have been diagnosed with lymphoma, a multi-disciplinary team, a group of experts in specific fields, will handle your care. Together this team will create a treatment plan that takes your personal case into account and make recommendations to you based on their knowledge. However, the final decision remains with the patient.
The main option for Hodgkin lymphoma treatment is chemotherapy, which may be followed with radiotherapy. Surgery isn’t usually used to treat lymphoma. In most cases treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma is highly effective and most people with the disease will be cured or live with the disease for many years.
Chemotherapy treatment for lymphoma is usually administered through an IV drip but it can also take the form of tablets. High dose chemotherapy is also an option for treating lymphoma if a usual course of chemotherapy has been unsuccessful. Chemotherapy does have side effects, including weakening the immune system, fatigue and hair loss. Chemotherapy can also be supported by radiotherapy, which can treat early stage Hodgkin lymphoma. In some cases steroid medication may also be used alongside chemotherapy.
In the case of treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and steroids can also be used. However, if the disease is classed as low grade and isn’t causing troubling symptoms it may be advised to have a period of ‘watchful waiting’, where treatment isn’t started immediately but the condition is regularly reviewed.
There are certain types of lymphoma that have specific treatment options, which the team responsible for your care should discuss with you if they are viable in your case.