If non-Hodgkin lymphoma returns
For some people, non-Hodgkin lymphoma becomes active again after a period of remission. This is known as a recurrence or relapse. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma that has recurred can be treated, with the aim of causing remission or relieving symptoms.
Treatment for a recurrence usually includes chemotherapy, targeted therapy and, sometimes, radiation therapy. If the cancer is more advanced or aggressive, your doctor may recommend a stem cell transplant combined with high-dose chemotherapy.
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