Treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma
When planning your treatment, your doctor will consider the type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma you have, the stage, your age and general health, and your preferences.
The aim of treatment is to reduce or get rid of all signs and symptoms of the lymphoma. This is called remission. Remission may last for a long period of time and most people have a good quality of life. Sometimes non-Hodgkin lymphoma becomes active again and further treatment is required.
Treatment will depend on how fast the lymphoma is growing. For more on this see Staging and grading.
Learn more about:
- Making treatment decisions
- Grading of non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- What to do before treatment starts
- Watchful waiting
- Steroid therapy
- Targeted therapy
- Radiation therapy
- Late effects of treatment
- Stem cell transplant
- Palliative treatment
Podcast: Making Treatment Decisions
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Dr Ian Bilmon, Haematologist, Westmead and Sydney Adventist Hospitals; Dr Anne Capp, Radiation Oncologist, Calvary Mater Newcastle; Rachelle Frith, Clinical Nurse Consultant Haematology, Prince of Wales Hospital; Jason Gardner, Consumer; A/Prof Angela Hong, Radiation Oncologist, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, and Clinical Professor, The University of Sydney; Yvonne King, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council NSW; Samantha Rennie, Social Worker, Cancer Services, St George Hospital. We also thank the health professionals, consumers and editorial teams who have worked on previous editions of this title.
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