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Intrathecal chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Intrathecal chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Helping you maintain your quality of life

After you receive intrathecal chemotherapy for NHL, you will probably be asked to lay flat to allow the chemotherapy to reach all areas of the spinal cord and brain. To make you more comfortable during this time, a mind-body therapist may recommend relaxation therapies for you.

In addition, other members of your NHL team are available to help you maintain your quality of life during your treatment. Therapies like nutrition therapy, naturopathic medicine, pain management and oncology rehabilitation may help reduce side effects to help you continue to participate in the activities you enjoy most.

What is intrathecal chemotherapy?

Intrathecal chemotherapy is a highly targeted treatment given directly into the cerebrospinal fluid (the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord) to reach cancer cells in the central nervous system. It is delivered through a lumbar puncture (also called a spinal tap), or a special device placed under the scalp.

By injecting drugs directly into the cerebrospinal fluid, intrathecal chemotherapy helps target lymphoma cells that have spread to the central nervous system.