To ensure you receive the best care, your specialist will arrange for a team of health professionals to plan your treatment based on your preferences and needs.
The team will be made up of health professionals who have experience managing and supporting a person with lymphoma. Your specialist will tell you when the team will be discussing your case.
Your team should discuss the different treatment options with you including the likely outcomes, expected timeframes, possible side effects and the risks and benefits. Your doctor may also suggest you consider taking part in a clinical trial. You might want to ask for more time before deciding on your treatment.
Let your team know about any complementary therapies you are using or thinking about trying. Some therapies may not be appropriate, depending on your medical treatment.
There are a number of ways to treat these lymphomas. In some cases, more than one type of treatment could be used to get the best outcome.
Systemic chemotherapy is the most common treatment.
Radiation therapy (also called radiotherapy) may benefit patients when combined with chemotherapy.
For some people, very high doses of chemotherapy or radiotherapy are needed to effectively treat their lymphoma. As a side effect of these treatments, normal bone marrow and bone marrow stem cells are also destroyed and need to be replaced using an autologous stem cell transplant (also known as bone marrow transplant).
Autologous stem cell transplant is suitable for patients with recurrent lymphomas who are having high-dose chemotherapy. It involves collecting stem cells from your blood stream and storing them until after you have chemotherapy, when they are transplanted back into your bloodstream with the aim of restoring normal blood cell numbers.
In some cases an allogeneic stem cell transplant (using a suitably matched stem cell donor) may be considered.
For more information about treatment and treatment side effects ask your doctor or visit www.cancer.org.au/about-cancer/treatment.
Your doctor should discuss your needs with you during and after treatment (including physical, psychological, social and information needs) and may refer you to another service or health professional for different aspects of your care.