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You have non-Hodgkin lymphoma. We're here to help.

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is the most common form of liquid cancer, which forms in the bloodstream or lymph system, a network of vessels, nodes and organs that carry immune cells throughout the body. More than 70,000 cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma are diagnosed every year and include dozens of types and sub-types. The disease is similar in some ways to Hodgkin lymphoma and leukemia, but the diseases also differ in important ways. Most forms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma develop when immune cells mutate or become damaged and begin to grow out of control, crowding out healthy immune cells. These cells may also form tumors in the lymph nodes, spleen and other organs.

Considering its complexities and the serious nature of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, it is important to consult with an experienced team of cancer doctors and clinicians trained to identify each patient’s specific cancer type and develop a treatment plan tailored to the individual needs involved. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), our medical oncologists, hematologist-oncologists and other experts have years of experience delivering the standard-of-care and precision cancer treatments available to treat non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Our whole-person care model is also designed to support patients throughout the treatment journey, offering supportive care services to help them manage side effects and maintain their quality of life.

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Learn About Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Like Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma develops in the lymphatic system, but this cancer does not have mutated B lymphocytes called Reed-Sternberg cells like Hodgkin lymphomas do. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is also more common, ranking as the seventh most diagnosed cancer in the United States. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, also called NHL, has more than 30 distinct types, divided into two categories: aggressive and slow-growing. Common symptoms include fever, night sweats and/or chills and swollen lymph nodes in the neck, underarms or groin.

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Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Diagnostic Evaluations

A variety of tests may be needed to accurately diagnose whether you have non-Hodgkin lymphoma. These may include blood and urine tests, a liver function analysis and/or a lumbar puncture, also called a spinal tap, to determine whether and how far the disease has spread. A bone marrow and/or lymph node biopsy may also be recommended to diagnose the stage and extent of the cancer. Imaging tests commonly used for non-Hodgkin lymphoma include X-rays, CT scans, PET scans and MRIs.

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Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Treatment Options

Treatments for non-Hodgkin lymphoma include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy and stem cell transplants. A common form of chemotherapy, called CHOP chemotherapy, is a combination of four drugs used to treat diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Radiation therapies, such as external beam radiation therapy (EBRT), may be recommended to target specific areas of disease. Some patients are given monoclonal antibodies, a type of targeted therapy that uses immune cells to seek out and kill cancer cells.

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Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Supportive Care Services

Some non-Hodgkin lymphoma patients, especially those who undergo chemotherapy or radiation therapy treatments, experience treatment-related side effects. Chemotherapy, for example, may cause anemia, nausea, taste changes and mouth sores. Radiation treatments may cause fatigue, diarrhea or skin reactions. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), we offer each patient a variety of supportive care therapies to help manage side effects, so patients are better able to stay on their treatment plan without interruptions.

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