Chemotherapy for Lymphoma
Chemotherapy is often recommended for treating lymphoma for several important reasons. First, most types of lymphoma cells respond well to and can be destroyed by chemotherapy drugs. Additionally, because lymphoma develops in blood cells and circulates in the bloodstream to areas throughout the body, the condition is most effectively treated systemically. Even when the lymphoma appears to be confined to one area of the body, treatments like surgery and radiation therapy can leave some cancerous cells behind, simply due to the nature of the condition. As a systemic treatment, chemotherapy can reach and destroy cancerous cells in virtually every area of the body.
Chemotherapy can be very effective for treating lymphoma because it can stop cancerous cells from dividing and creating new abnormal cells. It can also trigger lymphoma cells to die prematurely (all cells in the body, including cancerous cells, have limited lifespans).
There are many different chemotherapy drugs that can be used for treating lymphoma. The most appropriate drug or drug combination for a patient is determined based on several factors, including:
- The type of lymphoma
- Whether the lymphoma is fast growing (high grade) or slow growing (low grade)
- The affected areas of the body
- The symptoms the patient is experiencing
- The patient’s overall health condition
In Moffitt Cancer Center’s Malignant Hematology Program, our multispecialty team of experts collaboratively develops a highly individualized treatment plan for each patient. Many patients receive chemotherapy as an integral component of their treatment for lymphoma. Our experienced and compassionate nurses and other medical professionals administer chemotherapy at all Moffitt locations using advanced techniques and state-of-the-art equipment. And, through ongoing research studies, we are continuing to learn more about how to prevent and treat lymphoma, always with a focus on improving patient outcomes and quality of life.
If you’d like to learn more about chemotherapy for lymphoma, Moffitt’s experts provide consultations with or without referrals. Call 1-888-MOFFITT or complete a new patient registration form online.