Treatment Options for Hodgkin & Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
The lymphoma treatment specialists at Moffitt Cancer Center provide the most effective therapies available for both Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma patients. Our physicians specialize in Hodgkin lymphoma and all forms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, including B-cell lymphomas like follicular lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma, mantle cell lymphoma, Burkitt’s lymphoma, lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma and AIDS-related lymphomas, especially central nervous system lymphoma. We can also address T-cell lymphomas, such as peripheral and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, and T-cell large granular lymphocytic leukemia.
Within Moffitt’s Malignant Hematology Program, each patient’s treatment plan is developed based on his or her needs and the unique dynamics of his or her cancer. Many patients receive chemotherapy as an integral component of their treatment plans. Our state-of-the-art equipment enables us to administer chemotherapy as well as therapy with monoclonal antibodies, always with a focus on achieving the best patient outcomes and highest quality of life.
How is lymphoma treated?
- Chemotherapy – Medications are used to destroy cancerous cells. These medications may be delivered intravenously or orally.
- Immunotherapy – Man-made antibodies or genetically modified cells are used to help the patient’s immune system destroy or slow the growth of cancer cells.
- Stem cell transplantation – Radiation therapy or chemotherapy can destroy a patient’s healthy blood cells along with the targeted cancer cells. A stem cell transplant replaces abnormal cells with new, healthy stem cells.
- Radiation therapy – High-energy beams are delivered to the body to destroy cancerous cells.
- Radioimmunotherapy (RIT) – RIT is the combination of radiation therapy and immunotherapy into one treatment. It involves using biologic substances to deliver the radiation to the cancerous cells.
- Photopheresis – This is a type of photoimmune therapy, used to help the immune system fight certain types of lymphoma and graft versus host disease, which can sometimes occur with stem cell transplantation.
- Phototherapy – UV light is used to destroy cancerous cells in the skin.
Our researchers work diligently to develop new targeted therapeutics for lymphoma treatment. If a physician determines that a marrow or stem cell transplantation is indicated, these therapeutics and other treatment protocols can be integrated with our Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cellular Immunotherapy Program.
Moffitt is the only cancer center based in Florida to have received the prestigious designation of Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Such centers are widely known as influential developers of clinical trials and more effective approaches to cancer diagnosis, treatment and prevention. This designation allows us to attract some of the top physicians, specialists and scientists from around the world – individuals who help us shape and deliver the top-notch care we give to each and every patient.
"Treatment options for lymphomas, especially targeted and immunotherapies, are growing at a rapid rate. There’s no doubt this trend will continue as our technology advances."- Celeste Bello, MD
For more information about lymphoma treatment or to consult with one of our Hodgkin or non-Hodgkin lymphoma specialists, contact Moffitt Cancer Center by calling 1-888-663-3488 or by filling out our online form. No referral is necessary.