Individuals who develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after workplace exposure to carcinogenic chemicals (benzene, PCBs, herbicides, pesticides, or Roundup) may require extensive medical treatment and lifelong medical care. This may involve surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and even new treatments like targeted antibodies or vaccines. Although many people go into remission after treatment, many people require lifelong treatment and follow-up care.
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Treatment of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma by Stage
After an individual is diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, they will need to undergo medical tests to find out if cancer cells have spread to other areas of the body. This is called staging. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma treatments depend on the stage of the cancer and other individual factors.
Stages and treatment of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma:
- Stage I: Cancer is found in one lymphatic area (lymph node, tonsils, thymus, spleen, or one organ outside the lymph nodes). Treatment may involve surgery and chemotherapy.
- Stage II: Cancer is found in two or more lymph node groups either above or below the diaphragm. Treatment may involve surgery and chemotherapy.
- Stage III: Cancer is found in lymph node groups above and below the diaphragm, and may also be in other organs. Treatment may involve antibodies, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.
- Stage IV: Cancer is found in one or more areas that are not part of the lymphatic system (such as the liver, bone marrow, cerebrospinal fluid, lungs, etc.) Treatment may involve antibodies, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.
Treatment also depends on whether the cancer is indolent (slow-growing cancers that spread slowly and produces few symptoms) or aggressive (fast-growing cancers that quickly spread outside the lymph system).
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Treatment Options
There are six types of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma treatments options, according to the National Cancer Institute:
- Radiation therapy: This cancer treatment uses high-energy x-rays to kill cancer cells and keep them from growing. There are external radiation therapies in which radiation is emitted from a machine, and internal radiation therapies in which a patient ingests or is implanted with a radioactive substance near the cancer.
- Chemotherapy: This treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma uses drugs to kill cancer cells or stop them from dividing. This may also be used in conjunction with stem cell therapy.
- Targeted therapy: This involves drugs and other substances that specifically target cancer cells and leave healthy cells intact. For example, certain antibodies may be engineered to identify and attack cancer cells.
- Plasmapheresis: A common complication of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is thickening of the blood due to extra lymphocytes. This treatment involves removing the patient’s blood and having a machine remove excess plasma.
- Biologic therapy: This uses a patient’s own immune system to attack cancer cells. This treatment may also involve vaccine therapy, which can boost, direct, or restore the body’s immune system response.
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