The treatment of NHL is related to the location of the tumor and how far the disease has spread.
The primary treatment is chemotherapy. If the disease is located in one area of your body or localized, treatment may consist of surgery and a short, less intensive course of chemotherapy. If the disease is more advanced, the treatment usually includes high-dose chemotherapy.
Some patients also require radiation therapy. If so, Cincinnati Children’s is one of only a few children’s hospitals that offers proton therapy. This is a type of radiation therapy that uses a highly precise proton beam that treats the tumor but avoids healthy tissue in the body. Proton therapy can help avoid some of the short-term side effects and long-term complications of traditional radiation therapy.
In many patients with advanced disease, there is a large tumor mass when the diagnosis is made. The first treatment with chemotherapy may cause kidney damage from the breakdown of so many tumor cells. Giving fluids and select medications can help protect the kidneys from damage.