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Radiation therapy for Hodgkin lymphoma

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Radiation therapy for Hodgkin lymphoma

We use radiation therapy to destroy lymphoma cells, to prevent the cells from spreading, and/or to relieve pain or discomfort caused by an enlarged spleen or swollen lymph nodes. For Hodgkin lymphoma patients, radiation treatments are commonly given to lymph nodes in the neck, chest, underarms, abdomen, spleen, pelvis, and/or groin.

Your care team may combine radiation with other Hodgkin lymphoma treatments, like chemotherapy, to prevent the growth of new cancer cells.

Helping you manage radiation-induced side effects

Depending on your radiation dose, site, and other factors, radiation therapy for Hodgkin lymphoma may cause certain side effects. It can lower white blood cell count, which increases the risk of infection. Other potential side effects include: fatigue, nausea, dry mouth, skin reactions, and fertility problems (from radiation to the pelvic area).

As you receive treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma, your care team will work with you to manage these radiation-induced side effects. We’ll monitor your blood counts regularly. If needed, you’ll receive therapies to stimulate your blood cell production and prevent or treat infection.

You’ll also have access to supportive care services like nutrition therapy, naturopathic medicine, pain management, oncology rehabilitation and mind-body medicine. These therapies are designed to help keep you strong so you can continue treatment while participating in your everyday activities.