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Lymphoma Treatment Information
Sometimes no immediate action is necessary to treat lymphoma, and we may recommend a watch-and-wait approach. However, depending on the stage of your cancer and other factors, we may begin treatment immediately. Treatments at IU Health include:
- Chemotherapy. We use anti-cancer drugs disrupt the growth of the cancer cells and to destroy them. You may qualify to receive new medications through our clinical trials. These newer medications may be more effective than others already in general use.
- Surgery. Removing cancerous parts of the lymphatic system, and sometimes surrounding healthy tissue, can eliminate a large part of the cancer from your body.
- Immunotherapy. It is sometimes possible to stimulate your immune system to recognize cancerous lymphatic cells and destroy them.
- Monoclonal antibodies. In the lab, we create tiny bits of a special protein, called monoclonal antibodies. These antibodies find and attach themselves to cancer cells anywhere in the body. We use the antibodies to deliver toxins or radioactive material directly to cancer cells.
- Bone marrow transplant. Replaces bone marrow that has been destroyed by high doses of drugs or radiation in the process of destroying tumor cells. Transplant material may be your own marrow (harvested before other treatment) or that of a donor.
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Lymphoma Support Services
Becoming familiar with the facts about lymphoma can help you work with us to defeat this disease. The websites below provide reliable information about lymphoma. Some also offer other resources to help you and your family manage the challenges that come with a serious illness.
A Sampling of Lymphoma Support Services
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society provides information about non-Hodgkin lymphoma, including information about current research and a guide for talking with your physician.
Lymphoma Research Foundation
The Lymphoma Research Foundation is dedicated to funding new research into treatment for lymphoma and for educating patients and families. You can also find resources about support groups.
MedlinePlus: Hodgkin Lymphoma
The National Institutes of Health provides information specifically about Hodgkin disease.