Treatment of non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Specific treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma will be determined by your child's doctor based on:
Your child's age, overall health, and medical history
The type, location, and extent of the disease
Your child's tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
The expectations for the course of the disease
Your opinion or preference
Treatment may include (alone or in combination):
High-dose chemotherapy with a stem cell transplant
Antibiotics to prevent or treat infections
Supportive care for side effects of treatment
Long-term follow-up care to determine response to treatment, detect recurrent disease, and manage late effects of treatment
Long-term outlook for a child with non-Hodgkin lymphoma
With modern treatments, most children with non-Hodgkin lymphoma can be cured. But the prognosis greatly depends on:
The type of lymphoma
The extent of the disease
The presence or absence of metastasis
The response to therapy
Age and overall health of the child
Your child's tolerance of specific medications, procedures, or therapies
New developments in treatment
As with any cancer, prognosis and long-term survival can vary greatly from child to child. Every child is unique and treatment and prognosis is structured around the child. Prompt medical attention and aggressive therapy are important for the best prognosis. Continuous follow-up care is essential for the child diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Side effects of radiation and chemotherapy, as well as second malignancies, can occur in survivors of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. New methods are continually being discovered to improve treatment and to decrease side effects.
Our expert surgical oncology team provides the full spectrum of surgical treatment for children with cancer.
Chemotherapy is the use of anticancer drugs to treat cancer cells.
Radiation therapy (also called radiation oncology) uses special kinds of energy waves or particles to fight cancer.
Our leukemia and lymphoma team provides comprehensive treatments for your child, including chemotherapy, targeted therapies, and surgery.
Our blood and bone marrow disease experts provide advanced transplantation procedures for children and teenagers.
Our oncology (cancer) team provides personalized treatment plans for children with cancer, including access to clinical trials.