Lymphoma Treatment Options

At your Phoenix area treatment centers, you’ll find a variety of advanced radiation treatment options for lymphoma. Tiny vessels are interwoven amongst tissues and organs throughout the body making up the lymphatic system. This important system works to eliminate toxins and waste by transporting them out of the body through lymph, a clear fluid that runs through the vessels. Lymph also transports lymphocytes into the body which carry infection and disease-fighting white blood cells. When abnormal cells begin to grow in any part of this system it is a type of cancer called lymphoma. The cancer experts at Palo Verde Cancer Specialists are experienced in treating all types of lymphoma.

Types of Lymphoma

There are two principal types of lymphoma. Depending on which type you or a loved one has been diagnosed with, the cancer can grow differently and your treatment may vary.

  • Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

    Named after the British doctor who first described the disease in 1832, this type lymphoma is treatable and oftentimes curable. It’s a cancer that can affect any age, with the average age of those diagnosed being 39. It usually starts in upper parts of the body like under the arms, or the neck or chest, but it can start anywhere. More than 9000 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma each year, according to the American Cancer Society. Because of the advancement in treatments for the disease, survival rates have increased to 86 percent for a five-year survival and 80 percent for a ten-year survival.

  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL).

    This is the type of lymphoma that the Phoenix medical oncologists see more often as it is eight times more common than Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. More than 72,000 people are expected to be diagnosed this year. NHL can start in many different parts of the body, depending on which type of NHL it is. There are about 30 different types of NHL and the type can also affect at what rate the cancer grows and which symptoms you may have. All types are treatable and many are curable.

Phoenix Treatment Options For Lymphoma

Treatment options depend on the type of lymphoma, its stage and your overall health. Treatment may include stem cell transplant, biologic (also called immunotherapy therapy), chemotherapy or radiation therapy, either alone or in combination with other treatments. The team of oncology specialists at Palo Verde Cancer Specialists, will work with your medical team to develop the best options for your individual case. Treatment options for lymphoma include:

  • Chemotherapy.

    This treatment uses special combinations of different drugs to shrink or kill the cancer. It’s most often injected into a vein or taken as a pill. The drugs then travel throughout the bloodstream to kill the cancerous cells. Chemotherapy is often followed by radiation therapy.

  • Biologic Therapy.

    Also called immunotherapy, biologic therapy works with your immune system to fight disease. Biologic therapy is like chemotherapy. The difference is that chemotherapy attacks the diseased cells directly, and biologic therapy helps your immune system fight the disease.

    • Monoclonal antibodies work by targeting certain molecules in the body and attaching themselves to those molecules.This causes some cells to die and makes others more likely to be destroyed by radiation and chemotherapy
    • Radiolabeled antibodies are monoclonal antibodies with radioactive particles attached. These antibodies are designed to attach themselves directly to the diseased cells and damage them with small amounts of radiation without injuring nearby healthy tissue
  • External Beam Radiation Therapy.

    The specialists at your Phoenix and Scottsdale cancer centers have a variety of options when it comes to advanced radiation therapies. Using Tomotherapy, CyberKnife or TrueBeam technologies, our professionals will develop a plan for the specific type and location of your of lymphoma. Each of these external beam radiation therapies deliver radiation to the diseased cells accurately and have been proven successful in treating lymphoma. Some technologies, such as the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System, are used to target specific tumors or areas with high doses of radiation with a system that can adjust its angle and position even as you breathe. Other systems target the whole body with lower doses of radiation. Radiation therapy may be used alone or in combination with chemotherapy or biologic therapy. Your cancer specialists will work with you and your medical team to develop the best treatment plan for you.

Call Palo Verde Today For Your Free Phone Consultation

If you’ve been diagnosed with any type of lymphoma, we encourage you to contact the nearest Palo Verde Cancer office in Phoenix, Scottsdale or Glendale today and set up your free phone consultation with one of our medical oncology experts. Beginning treatment early is important and our experts will explain the variety of treatment options you have and answer all of your questions. We look forward to providing you cancer care in our warm and welcoming environment.

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