Detection & Treatment Options

Lymphoma Treatment Options

Orange County CyberKnife offers the most comprehensive array of advanced radiation therapies in Southern California and is your best choice for the radiation therapy you may need to treat Lymphoma. The lymphatic system is made up of a web of tissues and organs connected throughout the body by tiny vessels. Its primary purpose is to assist the body in removing toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. By transporting lymph, a clear fluid with infection-fighting white blood cells called lymphocytes, from the extremities and organs back to the blood for circulation, the lymph system also fights infection and prevents disease. When cancerous abnormal cells grow in the lymphocytes, it’s called lymphoma, a type of cancer.

Types of Lymphoma

There are two primary types of lymphoma. With each, the cancer grows differently and they are treated differently so it is important to know which type of lymphoma you’ve been diagnosed with.

Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

This type of lymphoma can occur at any age with an average age at diagnosis of 39, but is very treatable and often curable. It can start almost anywhere in the body but often starts in the upper parts of the body including chest, neck, or under the arms. It is named for the British doctor Thomas Hodgkin, who first described the disease in 1832. According to the American Cancer Society, there will be more than 9000 people diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma each year. With advanced treatments, such as those at Orange County CyberKnife, the survival rate has been increasing and is now at 86 percent for a five-year survival and 80 percent for ten-year.

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL).

This type of lymphoma is eight times more common than Hodgkin’s lymphoma with more than 72,000 people expected to be diagnosed this year. NHL can start in many different parts of the body, depending on which type of NHL it is. There are about 30 different types of NHL types and the type can also affect at what rate the cancer grows and which symptoms you may have. All types are treatable and many are curable.

Lymphoma Treatments Available In Southern California

Treatment options depend on the type of lymphoma, its stage and your overall health. Treatment may include biologic (also called immunotherapy therapy), targeted therapy, stem cell transplant, chemotherapy or radiation therapy, either alone or in combination with other treatments. Surgery is rarely used. At Orange County Cyberknife, our team of oncology specialists will work with your medical team to develop the best plan for your individual case. Treatment options for lymphoma include:

Chemotherapy

This treatment uses special combinations of different drugs to shrink or kill the cancer. It’s most often injected into a vein or taken as a pill. The drugs then travel throughout the bloodstream to kill the cancerous cells. Chemotherapy is often followed by radiation therapy.

Biologic Therapy

Also called immunotherapy, biologic therapy works with your immune system to fight disease. Biologic therapy is like chemotherapy. The difference is that chemotherapy attacks the diseased cells directly, and biologic therapy helps your immune system fight the disease.

    • Monoclonal antibodies work by targeting certain molecules in the body and attaching themselves to those molecules.This causes some cells to die and makes others more likely to be destroyed by radiation and chemotherapy
    • Radiolabeled antibodies are monoclonal antibodies with radioactive particles attached. These antibodies are designed to attach themselves directly to the diseased cells and damage them with small amounts of radiation without injuring nearby healthy tissue

External Beam Radiation Therapy

With the most advanced radiation therapies in Southern California and the highly trained and skilled medical oncology staff, you will find several different radiation therapy options at Orange County CyberKnife. From CyberKnife to Clinac iX, each of these technologies are used to give your specific type of lymphoma the best treatment possible. This external beam radiation therapy delivers radiation to the diseased cells accurately and is proven to be very successful at treating and curing lymphoma. For example, the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System is the only technology in the world that synchronizes direct beams of radiation with the movement of your tumor during natural breathing and continually verifies the Cyberknife is on target automatically. Other radiation therapy tools can deliver radiation to all the lymph nodes in the body to destroy cells that may have spread to other lymph nodes. Radiation therapy may be used alone or in combination with chemotherapy or biologic therapy. You will work with your Orange County CyberKnife radiation oncologist to agree on a treatment plan that is best for you.

Contact Your Orange County Cancer Experts For More Information

Our medical oncology experts are here to help you understand every facet of your lymphoma treatment. Please contact us today at (714) 962-7100 – your first phone consultation is absolutely free! We will answer all of your questions about the types of treatment available to you. Or, use our convenient online appointment form to make your first appointment. We look forward to caring for you in our comfortable outpatient environment and helping you on the road to recovery.