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TBI for non-Hodgkin lymphoma

TBI for non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Some advantages of total body irradiation (TBI) for non-Hodgkin lymphoma include:

  • When used before a stem cell transplant, TBI helps to reduce the likelihood that the body will reject the transplant.
  • The treatment is painless and relatively short.
  • The lungs are shielded to lower the risk of damage from the radiation.

Helping you maintain your quality of life

As with chemotherapy, TBI may have certain side effects, such as nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, mouth sores and/or skin rash.

We will proactively manage the side effects of TBI for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Before, during and after your treatment, you’ll have access to various supportive care services, such as nutrition therapynaturopathic medicinepain managementoncology rehabilitation and mind-body medicine. These therapies are designed to help keep you strong, stay nutritionally fortified and maintain your quality of life throughout your care.

What is TBI?

Total body irradiation (TBI) can be used to destroy cancerous cells anywhere in the body.

TBI often serves as part of the preparation process for patients who will undergo high-dose chemotherapy and stem cell transplantation. During this radiation treatment, a machine called a linear accelerator delivers radiation therapy to the entire body.

When used before a stem cell transplant, total body irradiation treatments suppress, or lower, the immune system to help prevent the body from rejecting the donated stem cells. Additionally, high doses of TBI can eradicate any remaining cancer cells in the body.