Treatments for Hodgkin Lymphoma
Our multidisciplinary cancer specialists will collaborate to ensure that you benefit from the most progressive, custom-tailored treatment program for Hodgkin lymphoma. Your treatment options may be determined based on the type of Hodgkin lymphoma, your age, and your general state of health, amongst other factors. Medical oncologists, hematologists, and radiation oncologists will apply their unique expertise to designing your integrative therapies.
Based on the factors above, our team of oncologists, hematologists, hematopathologists, and radiation oncologists will build an action plan that may include the following treatments offered at Sheba:
Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill cancer cells, and a combination of chemo drugs is generally the main treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma, regardless of the stage of the cancer. Your doctor will customize the number of chemo sessions. Generally the drugs for Hodgkin lymphoma are given intravenously (IV).
Targeted therapy uses drugs or other substances to identify and destroy cancer cells without damaging normal healthy cells. Clinical research to develop new therapies for Hodgkin lymphoma is ongoing, some of which are immunotherapies that target the immune response to attack cancerous lymphocytes in the area of the tumor. Agents that are currently in use for some types of Hodgkin lymphoma and show promising results include nivolumab, pembrolizumab, and brentuximab.
Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to destroy cancer cells, and it may be used as part of the treatment program for early-stage Hodgkin lymphoma. Although less common, radiotherapy may also be administered in more advanced stages of the disease, depending largely on where the tumor sites are located. Radiation for Hodgkin lymphoma is highly individualized.
Radiation therapy for classic Hodgkin lymphoma may be given after chemotherapy, or it may be used exclusively to treat some cases of NHLPL. Our radiation oncologists will determine the ideal radiation dose to maximize effectiveness while minimizing long-term effects.
Bone Marrow Transplant
This treatment replaces diseased bone marrow cells with specialized stem cells that regenerate and rebuild the bone marrow. Stem cell transplantation may be used for hard-to-treat or recurrent Hodgkin lymphoma because it enables higher doses of chemo drugs to be given to patients. Generally, stem cell transplants for Hodgkin lymphoma are autologous (using your own stem cells).
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Treatments that Take Care of Your Whole Body
Our doctors focus on fulfilling the holistic needs of patients with lymphoma, tailoring your treatment program to preserve your comfort and quality of life as best as possible. In addition to top-tier, compassionate medical care, we also offer a full range of support resources, including social workers, psychologists, alternative therapies, and nutrition counseling.