Your doctor may prescribe medicines that will affect the growth of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and relieve your symptoms.
Reference Chemotherapy Opens New Window may be used alone or with radiation therapy. Sometimes a combination of chemotherapy medicines is more effective than a single drug.
Your doctor will work with you to find the best medicine for the type of lymphoma you have.
Chemotherapy causes many side effects. For help with how to deal with these, see Reference Home Treatment. Your doctor may prescribe Reference medicines to control nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy.
Reference Targeted therapy Opens New Window uses Reference monoclonal antibodies Opens New Window in medicine that is injected into the body so these antibodies can attach to cancer cells and destroy them. The monoclonal antibodies used to treat NHL include:
- Rituximab (Rituxan).
- Alemtuzumab (Campath).
- Ibritumomab (Zevalin).
- Tositumomab (Bexxar).
What to think about
You may not be able to become pregnant or father a child after chemotherapy treatment. Discuss fertility issues with your doctor before starting treatment. Chemotherapy medicines can also cause birth defects. If you are pregnant or wish to father a child, discuss the risk of birth defects with your doctor before using any chemotherapy medicine.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 22, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Douglas A. Stewart, MD - Medical Oncology