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Leukemia and Lymphoma Treatment

Leukemia and Lymphoma can be treated with chemotherapy, radiotherapy, antibodies and occasionally by bone marrow transplants. Understand the basics of how these modalities work. Then get down to the details of each treatment option.

Treatment of Leukemia and Lymphoma
A description of current treatment options for leukemia and lymphoma patients including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, stem cell or marrow transplantation, immunotherapy or biologic therapy and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

How is Lymphoma Treated?
Understand the treatment for lymphoma of all types. Treatment of Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is explained. Treatment with chemotherapy, radiation and antibody therapy for lymphoma made simple.

How Does Chemotherapy Work?
Chemotherapy is often the main form of treatment for lymphomas. Find out how chemotherapy kills the tumor cells and helps you achieve a cure.

How Does Radiotherapy Work?
Radiotherapy is one of the most commonly used treatments for lymphomas. Find out how it kills lymphoma cells and helps cure your lymphoma.

Treatment Options for Aggressive Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Aggressive Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma may be treated with chemotherapy, radiotherapy or monoclonal antibodies. Find out when and how they are used, and the treatment options for your disease.

Monoclonal Antibodies
Monoclonal antibodies, sometimes called “MAbs”, are a new weapon in the fight against cancer. They have been designed to kill cancer cells while leaving normal cells relatively unharmed. In many cases,this has resulted in better treatment outcomes with fewer side effects. Learn more about this therapy, including side effects, and questions to ask your doctor.

Follicular (Low Grade) Lymphoma Treatment
Follicular (Low Grade) Lymphoma is a common variety of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL). Find out how it is treated with chemotherapy, radiation and antibody therapy.

Treatment Options for Hodgkin Lymphoma
Hodgkin Lymphoma is treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Find out how these are used in Hodgkin Lymphoma and the treatment options for your disease.

Is Conformal or Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) Required for Lymphoma?
Radiotherapy for lymphomas - are conformal radiation techniques and intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) required for lymphoma treatment?

How is Chemotherapy Given?
Chemotherapy for leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma can be given in a number of different ways. Learn about how your chemotherapy may be given, and what to expect for each method.

Monoclonal Antibodies
Monoclonal antibodies, sometimes called "MAbs," are a new weapon in the fight against cancer. They have been designed to kill cancer cells while leaving normal cells relatively unharmed. In many cases, this has resulted in better treatment outcomes with fewer side effects. Read here to learn more about this exciting therapy option.

Monoclonal Antibodies in Lymphoma Treatment – A New Way Forward.
Medical research has discovered a novel treatment approach to lymphomas. Using special proteins to target unique molecules present only on cancer cells, treatment can now focus on lymphoma cells without causing damage to normal cells. Find out how monoclonal antibodies work.

Steroids in Cancer Treatment
Learn about the role of steroids in cancer treatment, and important notes on what to expect.

Rituximab (Rituxan) in Lymphomas
Rituximab is a new form of treatment for Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas (NHL). It binds to special molecules on the surface of cancer cells and inactivates them. Read on to find out how rituximab acts and why it has become an important part of NHL treatment.

Rituximab in Follicular (Low Grade) Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas - Treatment Outcomes
Rituximab is used commonly in follicular (low grade) Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. How effective is Rituximab in this setting? Does Rituximab make a huge impact on the lives of people with follicular NHL?

Intrathecal Chemotherapy- What is Intrathecal Chemotherapy
Intrathecal Chemotherapy- What is Intrathecal Chemotherapy

What You Need to Know About Taking Oral Chemotherapy
Oral chemotherapy is cancer fighting medication that you can take by mouth, either in pill, liquid or capsule form. While it may be a convenient way to receive your cancer treatment, there is a lot to know about oral chemotherapy.

Mantle Cell Lymphoma Treatment
Mantle cell lymphoma is a rare form of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. It is a fast growing tumor that spreads to different organs of the body. Read here to learn more about mantle cell lymphoma treatment and outcomes.

Gastric MALT Lymphoma Treatment
Gastric MALT lymphoma treatment - antibiotics, radiation, surgery and chemotherapy in the treatment of MALT lymphoma of the stomach.

Primary CNS Lymphoma Treatment
Treatment for primary CNS lymphoma, a lymphoma that affects only the brain, is different from the treatment for other lymphomas. Find out how primary CNS lymphoma is treated, and the outcomes of treatment.

What is a Central Venous Catheter (CVC)
If you are going to be receiving chemotherapy over a long period of time, or if you are a candidate for a blood or marrow transplant, your doctor may recommend a central venous catheter, or CVC. Here is a description of the most common types of CVCs used in the treatment of blood cancers, and what to expect of you need one.

What Is the 3+7 Protocol?
The 3+7 protocol is induction chemotherapy for acute myelogenous leukemia.

Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma - Treatment Options
Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) is a rare lymphoma that affects the skin. Many different therapies are available. Find out more about the treatment options for cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.

CHOP Chemotherapy
What is CHOP chemotherapy in Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas (NHL)?

R-CHOP Chemotherapy
What is R-CHOP chemotherapy in Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas (NHL)?

ABVD Chemotherapy
ABVD chemotherapy is a very common chemotherapy regimen for Hodgkin's lymphoma. Find out more about how ABVD chemotherapy is carried out, what drugs are used, possible side effects, and more.

BEACOPP Chemotherapy
BEACOPP is one of the most effective chemotherapy schedules for advanced stage Hodgkin's lymphoma. Find out the drugs used in BEACOPP, its role and the side-effects to expect.

Stanford V Chemotherapy
Stanford V is one of the most effective chemotherapy schedules for advanced stage Hodgkin's lymphoma. Find out the role of Stanford V, the drugs involved, and the side effects to expect during this chemotherapy treatment.

Zevalin (Ibritumomab Tiuxetan)
Zevalin is a novel treatment of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. It combines a monoclonal antibody with a radiation emitting atom to kill lymphoma cells.

Bexxar (Tositumomab) for Lymphoma
Bexxar (tositumomab) is a type of radioimmunotherapy drug that's used for follicular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). It is often given to patients whose cancer has come back, or who have cancer that is not responding to other treatments.

Should Rituximab Be Used In Elderly Patients with Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma
Does Rituximab benefit all patients with diffise large B-cell lymphoma? A number of trials have investigated its effectiveness and safety in the elderly. Here is what they show.

Does Radiotherapy Help in Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma (DLBCL)?
Does radiotherapy have a role in the treatment of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma? Who does it help the most? When should radiotherapy be given?

Bortezomib (Velcade) in Mantle Cell Lymphoma
Bortezomib (Velcade) has been granted FDA approval in the treatment of Mantle Cell Lymphoma. What is Velcade? How effective is Velcade in Mantle Cell Lymphoma?

Stem Cell Transplant in Follicular (Low Grade) NHL - Autologous or Allogeneic?
Stem cell transplants in follicular lymphomas can be autologous or allogeneic. Which is better? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each type od stem cell transplant?

Can Zevalin and Bexxar be Used in Those Who Have Received Radiation Earlier?
Zevalin and Bexxar are a way of administering radiation tagged to antibodies against lymphoma cells. Can Zevalin and Bexxar be given to those who have already been given radiotherapy?

Follicular (Low Grade) Lymphoma - Is No Treatment An Option?
Some people with disseminated low-grade follicular lymphomas are offered no initial treatment as an option. How does this policy of 'wait and watch' work? Find out how no treatment can sometimes work as well as aggressive treatment.

Treatment of Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)
Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are a group of bone marrow conditions which lead to poor production of healthy blood cells. Learn about treatment options for MDS.

What is Involved-Field Radiation Therapy (IFRT)?
Involved field radiotherapy is a term used to describe a way of delivering radiation for lymphoma. Find out what involved field radiotherapy means and where it is used.

What is Extended-Field Radiation Therapy (EFRT)?
Extended-field radiotherapy is one of the ways that radiation is delivered for some lymphomas. Find out more about extended-field radiotherapy and how it is used.

Where Are Stem Cells Found In The Body?
Learn where you can find stem cells in your body

What Are the Types of a Bone Marrow or Stem Cell Transplant?
What are the types of a bone marrow transplant or a stem cell transplant? What do autologous, allogeneic and syngeneic transplants mean?

What is a Non-Myeloablative Stem Cell Transplant?
Non-myeloablative transplants, or "minitransplants," use the graft-versus-malignancy effect to get the benefits of stem cell transplant without the toxic effects of high-dose chemotherapy and radiation.

Cancers that May Benefit from a Bone Marrow or Stem Cell Transplant
Bone marrow or stem cell transplants are now one of the treatments for a number of cancers. Learn about the cancers that may benefit from a bone marrow transplant.

Why is matching required for a bone marrow or stem cell transplant?
Before any bone marrow or stem cell transplant, cells from donors and recipients need to be matched. Why is a match so important?

What Are the Risks of Donating Bone Marrow?
Are there any risks in donating bone marrow. Find out the possible side effects of bone marrow donation.

What Are the Risks of Donating Stem Cells for Transplant?
What are the risks of donating stem cells for transplant? Find out the possible side-effects of stem cell donation.

Finding a Donor for a Bone Marrow or Stem Cell Transplant
Find out how to find a suitable donor for a bone marrow or stem cell transplant.

Have You Met Your Stem cell Donor?
In many programs, you have the option of meeting your stem cell donor after your transplant is completed. Have you met yours?

How is Bone Marrow Collected for a Transplant?
Find out how bone marrow is collected from the donor before a transplant.

How are Stem Cells Collected for a Transplant?
How are stem cells collected from the donor before a transplant? Find out what happens during stem cell collection.

How Are Stem Cells Received by the Patient?
Bone marrow or stem cells collected from the patient or a donor are received by the patient during the transplant procedure. Find out what happens during this process.

Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplants
What is a bone marrow transplant? What is a stem cell transplant? What are the types of transplant procedures? What are the steps of a transplant? Find out in this FactSheet from the NIH.

Frequently Asked Questions About Umbilical Cord Blood Transplant
The use of umbilical cord blood as a source of stem cells for transplant is on the rise. Here are the answers to your questions about umbilical cord blood transplant.

Has Your Treatment Been Impacted by Decreased Production of Bexxar?
Has the treatment for your non Hodgkin lymphoma been impacted by the decreased production of Bexxar?

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