Lymphoma

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Treatment

Each lymphoma is unique; some are more aggressive than others. The best treatment of lymphoma depends on its type, stage and other factors and needs to be tailored for for individual patients.

Slow growing (low grade) lymphomas may require either no treatment or surgery, radiotherapy or gentle chemotherapy (often in tablet form). Some stomach lymphomas can be cured with simple antibiotics. Faster growing (intermediate or high grade) lymphomas usually require injected chemotherapy with or without radiotherapy.
Hodgkin’s lymphoma usually requires injected chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy.

In some cases, high dose chemotherapy followed by stem cell transplantation may be used. Prognosis depends on the stage and grade of the disease and the general health of the patient. All patients, even those whose lymphoma has been “cured” or put into remission, must be monitored for a period of time, often 5 years, and sometimes the rest of their lives. Many never experience lymphoma again but in others, it may recur years after the first incidence.

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