Hodgkins Disease (cont.)

What is the treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma?

People with Hodgkin lymphoma have many treatment options. Treatment options include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted Therapy
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Stem Cell Transplant

The treatment that's right for you depends mainly on the type of Hodgkin lymphoma (most people have classical Hodgkin lymphoma), where the lymphoma was found in your body (its stage), and whether you've had weight loss, drenching night sweats, or fevers. It also may depend on whether you have a tumor that is bigger than 10 centimeters (4 inches). You may receive more than one type of treatment, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

At any time, care is available to prevent infections, control pain, relieve the side effects of treatment, and ease emotional concerns. You can get information about coping on NCI's website at http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping.

Also, you can get information about coping from NCI's Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237). Or, chat using NCI's instant messaging service, LiveHelp (https://livehelp.cancer.gov).

Who are the doctor's who treat Hodgkin's lymphoma?

Whenever possible, people should be treated at a medical center that has doctors experienced in treating Hodgkin lymphoma. If this isn't possible, your doctor may discuss the treatment plan with a specialist at such a center.

Resources are available to help you find doctors who treat Hodgkin lymphoma:

  • Your doctor may be able to refer you to specialists.
  • You can ask a hospital, medical school, or medical society for names of specialists near you.
  • NCI's Cancer Information Service can give you information about treatment centers near you. Call 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237). Or, chat using LiveHelp (https://livehelp.cancer.gov), NCI's instant messaging service.
  • Other sources can be found in the NCI fact sheet How To Find a Doctor or Treatment Facility If You Have Cancer.

Your health care team may include the following specialists:

  • Medical oncologist: A medical oncologist is a doctor who specializes in treating Hodgkin lymphoma and other cancers with chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and stem cell transplants.
  • Radiation oncologist: A radiation oncologist is a doctor who specializes in treating Hodgkin lymphoma and other cancers with radiation therapy.

Your health care team may also include an oncology nurse, a social worker, and a registered dietitian.

Ask your health care team about your treatment options, the expected results of each option, and possible side effects. Because cancer treatments often damage healthy cells and tissues, side effects are common. These side effects depend on many factors, including the type of treatment. The specific side effects may not be the same for everyone, and they may even change from one treatment session to the next.

You may want to talk with your doctor about taking part in a research study (clinical trial) of new treatment methods. Research studies are an important option for people with Hodgkin lymphoma. See the Treatment Clinical Trials section.

Questions you may want to ask your doctor about treatment options

  • What are my treatment options? Which do you recommend for me? Why?
  • What are the expected benefits of each kind of treatment?
  • What are the risks and possible side effects of each treatment? How can side effects be managed?
  • What can I do to prepare for treatment?
  • What is the treatment likely to cost? Will my insurance cover it?
  • How will treatment affect my normal activities?
  • Would a treatment research study be right for me?
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/31/2013

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