Lymphoma is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in teens. Teenagers and young adults can develop either Hodgkin on non-Hodgkin lymphoma, although non-Hodgkin lymphomas are more common, accounting for approximately 8 percent of all teenage cancers in the United States.
For the most part, teenagers with lymphoma have the same treatment options that adult patients have. These include:
- Low-dose radiation therapy
- Bone marrow transplantation
At Moffitt Cancer Center, these treatments are provided by a multispecialty team of oncologists, many of whom have years of experience treating lymphoma in teens and young adults. Because we see a high volume of patients in this age group, we’ve developed an Adolescent and Young Adult Program to meet the unique needs of these individuals. This program provides assistance not only with physical side effects of cancer treatment, but also with the unique emotional and social challenges that younger cancer patients can face.
We’ve also designed an Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Lounge, where our younger patients can connect with each other. This lounge, created through a partnership with Teen Cancer America, offers a dynamic and welcoming place for patients to socialize while receiving treatment.
Additionally, Moffitt’s clinical trials program offers a number of innovative studies designed to evaluate promising new treatments for lymphoma patients of all ages. Our oncologists can help younger patients determine if they are eligible for any of these clinical trials, through which they can access the latest therapies before they are offered in other settings.
Medically reviewed by Leidy Isenalumhe, MD, Malignant Hematology.
To find out more about Moffitt’s approach to treating lymphoma in teens and young adults, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online. Referrals are not required to make an appointment.