How is lymphoma treated?
Treatment options for lymphoma include:
- Radiation therapy - This treatment uses high doses of ionizing radiation to kill cancer cells.
- Chemotherapy - This treatment uses medicine – or several medicines – to kill cancer cells.
- Immunotherapy - These are medicines that stimulate an immune response to destroy cancer cells.
- Targeted drug therapies - These drugs target cancer cells directly and have less side effects than chemotherapy.
- Blood and marrow transplant - This procedure injects healthy blood-forming cells into your bloodstream and may be used to treat some types of lymphoma that have returned after initial therapy.
- CAR T-cell therapy - This treatment is available for some patients with DLBCL. It uses your own cells to treat cancer. Cells are taken from your blood and equipped with cancer-fighting proteins in a lab. The cells are then placed back into your bloodstream to kill cancer cells.
- Active surveillance - If your lymphoma is slow-growing and not causing symptoms, your doctor could suggest watching the disease and delaying treatment until it is needed.
Once your treatment is complete, you will receive follow-up care to manage any side effects of cancer treatment and watch for cancer recurrence.
Immunotherapy is an advanced cancer treatment that helps your body’s immune system fight cancer. It can be an effective way to treat blood disorders and is one of the most promising innovations available today for the treatment, cure and prevention of certain blood cancers like multiple myeloma, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and Hodgkin disease.
Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Bone marrow is the tissue inside your bones that produces red and white blood cells and platelets. If you experience a blood disorder, a bone marrow transplant, also known as a stem cell transplant, can be used to replace your damaged blood cells with healthy, blood-forming stem cells.
The Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation program at Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida provides advanced treatment options to patients with blood cancers like leukemia, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and Hodgkin disease, or Hodgkin lymphoma.
A multidisciplinary team of cancer experts including surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, plastic reconstructive surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, genetic counselors, medical geneticists, social workers, patient navigators and clinical trials staff meet weekly to discuss select complex cases and determine the best course of care. Stem cell transplantation experts and hematologic oncology experts are also available to discuss complex cases.
Miami Cancer Institute can provide access to clinical trials not widely available elsewhere. Clinical trials find new ways to treat and diagnose cancer and are ongoing. If an appropriate trial is available, we will talk to you about the benefits and risks.