Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Targeted Drug Therapy
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Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Immunotherapy
Listen to medical oncologist Dr. Simeon Jaggernauth briefly discuss how immunotherapy, or immune therapy, may be used in combination with chemotherapy to treat non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Targeted Drug Therapy for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Your non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) team at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) uses immunotherapies and/or targeted drug therapies to block the growth and spread of the disease and prevent recurrence.
Unlike standard chemotherapy which affects all cells in the body, targeted therapy works to directly target cancer cells. This approach helps to avoid damage to healthy cells and, in turn, minimize side effects.
Immunotherapy (also called biological therapy and biotherapy) uses the body’s own immune system to block the growth and spread of cancer cells by preventing the cells from dividing or directly destroying them. Targeted drug therapy is used to block the growth and spread of cancer cells by interfering with specific molecules needed for growth.
Oftentimes, immunotherapy and/or targeted drug therapy is used in combination with other non-Hodgkin lymphoma treatments, such as chemotherapy. Your NHL care team will work with you to develop an integrated treatment plan that is tailored to your unique needs and personal preferences.
Helping You Maintain Your Quality of Life
Sometimes, immunotherapy and/or targeted drug therapy for non-Hodgkin lymphoma causes side effects that can interfere with your ability to participate in activities you enjoy. For example, you may experience a reduction in blood counts, which can lead to fatigue or risk of infection. Other potential side effects of immunotherapy may include: fever, chills, headache, rash, nausea and shortness of breath.
Throughout your NHL treatment, your CTCA care team will provide supportive therapies, including nutrition therapy, naturopathic medicine, pain management, mind-body medicine, oncology rehabilitation and spiritual support. These therapies can help reduce treatment-related side effects and keep you strong in body, mind and spirit.
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