Current treatment plans for Hodgkin lymphoma use new types and doses of chemotherapy and radiation therapy directed to smaller areas of the body.
Most people with classic Hodgkin's lymphoma, even stage I or II, often receive chemotherapy followed by radiation therapy in the areas of affected lymph nodes. For stage III or IV disease, chemotherapy is the primary treatment, although additional radiation therapy may be recommended, especially in areas of large lymph nodes.
Treatment options and recommendations depend on a number of factors, including the type and stage of the cancer, possible side effects, the results of the explorations during treatment, as well as the patient's preferences and general health.
Your care plan may also include treatment for symptoms and side effects, an important part of cancer care.
Available Techniques to Fight Hodgkin's Disease
The three main treatments are: chemotherapy, radiation therapy and bone marrow or stem cell transplantation.
Patients who have received treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma are at increased risk of developing other diseases or conditions in the future, since chemotherapy and radiation therapy can cause permanent damage. Treatments have improved in recent years, and patients are now less likely to have late effects. However, there are still some risks. Therefore, it is important that patients regularly visit their specialists for their follow-up care in order to control any side effects.
Some of the side effects to treatment might be: infertility, secondary cancer, lung and heart damage, thyroid problems, and emotional problems.
What's New in Hodgkin's Disease Research
Hematology specialists are working to learn more about Hodgkin lymphoma, how to prevent it, what is the best treatment and how to provide the best care to people diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. It is advisable to always talk to the doctor about the best diagnostic and treatment options for each case. The novelties are:
- Determination of treatment effectiveness
- New Chemotherapy / Targeted Therapy
- Genetic Description
- Other treatments
- Reduction of treatment intensity
- Palliative care