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Childhood Lymphoma Treatment

Chemotherapy is the most common treatment for lymphomas. Depending on the type and stage of disease, various combinations of drugs are administered in cycles to reduce or eliminate cancer cells. Chemotherapy can be administered in four ways:

  • Orally (taking pills by mouth)
  • Intravenously (injected into the vein)
  • Intrathecal (injected directly into the cerebrospinal fluid)
  • Subcutaneously (beneath the skin)

Some types of lymphoma have a tendency to spread to the brain and central nervous system (CNS). To prevent that from occurring, your pediatric oncologist may recommend CNS prophylaxis treatment. Chemotherapy drugs are injected directly into the cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the spinal cord and brain to protect these areas from invasion by lymphoma cells.

Radiation therapy is sometimes used in conjunction with chemotherapy to treat large areas, or to minimize discomfort caused by cancerous lymph nodes that are affecting nearby organs or structures.

If your child has been diagnosed with lymphoma, we’re here to help. Call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.

Our Childhood Lymphoma Clinical Trials

The most innovative treatments for childhood lymphoma are offered as part of clinical trials, which are closely monitored studies to test the safety and effectiveness of new treatments. Go to MD Anderson's list of current pediatric clinical trials to see if your child might be eligible.

You can also visit our Clinical Trials database or speak to your doctor.

Ataxia-Telangiectasia (AT) Clinic

AT is a rare genetic disorder with progressive neurodegeneration and a markedly increased risk for leukemias and lymphomas. The Children’s Cancer Hospital has a unique clinic for AT patients with lymphomas and leukemias. Because these patients are very sensitive to chemotherapy and radiotherapy, special protocols have been designed to treat AT.

Why Choose MD Anderson?

  • The Children’s Cancer Hospital is within one of the top-ranked cancer centers in America
  • Access to novel therapies and state-of-the-art technologies before most children’s hospitals
  • We see more types of cancer than any other children’s hospital in Texas
  • Family-centered care that actively involves parents in their child’s treatment
  • A strong cancer research program focused on developing new therapies for pediatric patients
  • Comprehensive support services such as an accredited school program, creative arts, child life and career counseling
  • An Adolescent and Young Adult Program that specializes in the unique medical and psychological needs of patients aged 15-25

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