Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Radiation Therapy & Treatment
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Radiation Therapy for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) cancer experts use sophisticated, highly targeted radiation therapy delivery systems to treat the many forms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).
Radiation therapy (also called radiotherapy) uses high-energy X-rays to destroy lymphoma cells or to prevent the cells from growing and reproducing. It may also be used to relieve pain or discomfort caused by an enlarged spleen or swollen lymph nodes.
The area treated with radiation therapy and the dose given is based on your specific diagnosis, including the type of tumor and extent of the disease. For patients with NHL, radiation is generally confined to the lymph nodes, the areas surrounding the lymph nodes or an extranodal site (outside of the lymph system).
Helping You Maintain Your Quality of Life
The potential side effects of radiation therapy for non-Hodgkin lymphoma depend on the treatment dose, the part of the body being radiated and other factors. Radiation may cause a drop in white blood cell count, which can increase your risk of infection. Some other common side effects include fatigue, nausea, diarrhea and/or skin reactions.
As you receive radiation treatment for NHL, your CTCA care team will monitor your blood counts regularly. If needed, we’ll provide therapies to stimulate your blood cell production. You may also receive antibiotics to prevent or treat infection.
We’ll also work with you to manage any side effects of radiation treatment. You’ll receive therapies like nutrition therapy, naturopathic medicine, pain management, oncology rehabilitation and mind-body medicine—all under one roof. These therapies can help keep you strong so you can continue to participate in activities you enjoy.
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