Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a blood cancer that affects the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system comprises vessels and glands and forms an integral part of the body’s immune system.
In Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, lymphocytes or white blood cells begin to grow and multiply abnormally and collect in various parts of the lymphatic system. Due to this, the lymphocytes lose their infection-fighting abilities, making you susceptible to multiple infections. A painless swelling in the neck, arm or groin is usually one of the first symptoms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
There are different types of treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Your treatment will depend upon the following factors:
Based on the diagnostic test results, standard treatment options for non-Hodgkin lymphoma include; Chemotherapy, Targeted drug therapy, And Radiotherapy.
Chemotherapy uses potent anti-cancer drugs to destroy lymphoma cells. These drugs work by damaging the cancer cells and disrupting their growth. Chemotherapy drugs are given by an intravenous (IV) drip, tablets or capsules. This treatment may cause side effects, and your doctor will inform you beforehand. Your chemotherapy may be given as cycles over a few months on an outpatient basis. Some people may, however, need a hospital stay.
Targeted therapy uses drugs that identify and destroy cancer cells without harming healthy cells. This is a type of biological therapy. Targeted drug therapy may be used with immunotherapy (which uses drugs to stimulate the body’s immune system against cancer cells).
Monoclonal antibodies are the most commonly used targeted drugs, and treatment with them is usually long-term and may continue for upto two years. Monoclonal antibodies may sometimes be given with chemotherapy to prevent cancer recurrence.
Radiotherapy is mainly preferred for early-stage non-Hodgkin lymphoma that has not spread. This therapy uses high-energy radiation to damage or destroy cancer cells and prevent their growth. Radiotherapy treatment is usually given in short sessions daily for two to three weeks. Though this treatment is painless, you may experience some side effects depending upon the part of the body being treated. The side effects due to radiotherapy are short-term and usually resolve after treatment completion.
In some cases, surgery or a stem cell transplant may be performed. If you have any queries regarding your non-Hodgkin lymphoma treatment plan, discuss them with your doctor. Need more clarity on your treatment options? Ask your doctor for a second opinion!
The cancer treatment journey post-diagnosis can be overwhelming to most people. We at Klarity Oncology understand the complexity of cancer care. From helping you find a private oncologist near you to getting second appointment consultations with UK’s top blood cancer specialists, Klarity Oncology aims to simplify cancer care for you.
The treatment cost of non-Hodgkin lymphoma depends upon several factors and varies for each patient. The cost of treatment is slightly higher at private facilities and hospitals compared to public cancer care centres. Most insurance providers cover the cost for non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but it is always recommended to speak to your provider about the inclusions in your policy.
The cost of non-Hodgkin lymphoma treatment is usually variable for each individual and depends upon the treatment plan recommended by their multidisciplinary healthcare team. Your non-Hodgkin lymphoma treatment cost is calculated based on the following factors:
If you have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, it is essential to understand your diagnosis and treatment plan. Need help with a second opinion? Contact Klarity Oncology right away!