Radiation therapy for non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Radiation therapy for NHL may be used 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. 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).
Depending on your individual needs, we may combine radiation treatment with other innovative therapies, like immunotherapy and chemotherapy, to prevent the growth of new cancer cells.
Helping you maintain your quality of life
The potential side effects of radiation therapy for NHL 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 may 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, we 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 supportive care services like nutrition therapy, naturopathic medicine, pain management, oncology rehabilitation and mind-body medicine—all under one roof. These therapies may help keep you strong to help you continue to participate in activities you enjoy.