At MD Anderson, our doctors have a full range of methods to help fight Hodgkin’s lymphoma in every stage, including disease that has returned after treatment. We are at the forefront of pioneering targeted therapies and other treatments that help your healthy cells fight cancer, while minimizing impact to your body.
Because the standard chemotherapy for Hodgkin’s lymphoma may have long-term effects, especially for young people, we are working to develop effective – but more gentle – treatments. In young men and women, we make every effort to preserve fertility by using therapies that focus on treating the cancer but cause the least-possible damage to reproductive organs.
Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Treatments
If you are diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, your doctor will discuss the best options to treat it. This depends on several factors, including:
stage of Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- If your disease has not responded to previous treatments
- If your disease has returned after treatment
- Your age
Other medical problems, such as heart or kidney disease
Your treatment will be customized to your needs. One or more of the following therapies may be recommended to treat the cancer or help relieve symptoms.
drugs is the main therapy for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Combination chemotherapy,
a mixture of drugs with different properties, is used often. MD Anderson offers the most up-to-date and
advanced chemotherapy options.
New radiation therapy techniques and remarkable skill allow MD Anderson doctors to target tumors more precisely, delivering the maximum amount of radiation with the least damage to healthy cells.
Proton Therapy Center at MD
Anderson is one of the world’s largest and most advanced
centers in the world. It’s the only proton therapy facility in the
country located within a comprehensive cancer center. This means
that this cutting-edge therapy is backed by all the expertise and
compassionate care for which MD Anderson
Proton therapy delivers high radiation doses directly to the tumor site, with no damage to nearby healthy tissue. For some patients, this therapy results in more-successful treatment with fewer side effects.
innovative agents help the body fight cancer. Sometimes they have
less impact on the body. We pioneered several immunotherapies, and
several of them are found at only a few other cancer centers. Immunotherapy
treatment methods may include:
antibodies, including SGN-35
- Biological therapies that develop antibodies that destroy cancer cells
- Targeted therapies that fight cancer cells by using small molecules to block pathways cells use to survive and multiply
Stem Cell Transplantation
lymphoma does not respond to chemotherapy or if it returns, a stem
cell transplant may be recommended. Also, since chemotherapy
often harms healthy cells in the blood and bone marrow, patients who
have certain types of chemotherapy may need stem cell transplants.
has the largest bone marrow and stem cell transplant program in the
nation, performing more than 600 procedures per year. We pioneered
the use of less toxic doses of chemotherapy, which result in higher
success rates and are now the widely accepted standard.
MD Anderson patients have access to clinical trials offering
promising new treatments that cannot be found anywhere else.
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