Lymphoma Cancer Chemotherapy
Lymphoma cancer is an aggressive cancer and once the symptoms have been discovered, spreads rapidly in a patient's body. Nevertheless, it is one of the easiest cancers to cure with quite a range of available treatments. When cancerous cells begin to reproduce in the immune system it is referred to as lymphoma cancer and there are usually two basic types: Hodgkin's lymphoma, which is also known as Hodgkin's disease and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). Chemotherapy is a treatment that is used for both Hodgkin's disease and NHL.
What is Lymphoma Cancer Chemotherapy?
When a patient is diagnosed with lymphoma cancer, either the Hodgkin's lymphoma or the non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, there are several treatment options available to that patient. One of the more popular treatments is cancer chemotherapy. This is the use of chemicals or drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells; it is also used to isolate and try to kill off the cancer cells, reducing the chances of growth in the body.
Chemotherapy can be administered alone, but is often combined with radiation or even surgery. There are different types of chemotherapy; really it is just a blanket term given to the treatment of cancer using drugs or chemicals. Just as there are different types of cancer, there are also different types of drugs that are administered and the type of cancer will determine what chemotherapy would be given the patient. The stage of the cancer is also a factor when deciding on chemotherapy.
The problem with chemotherapy is the side effects that a patient can face. Although the treatment is meant to kill off cancer cells, more often than not it ends up affecting the good cells too with devastating results for the patient. Some of the side effects could be from nausea and vomiting, to decreased blood cell counts, mouth sores, hair loss and pain.
How is Lymphoma Cancer Chemotherapy Performed?
When a patient is diagnosed with lymphoma cancer and the specialist, after much consultation is of the opinion that the lymphoma is curable, aggressive treatment by chemotherapy would be decided upon. Chemotherapy is usually administered over several months and does not necessarily require long periods of hospitalisation. It is administered through the mouth, injected into a vein or muscle, or can be inserted directly into the cerebrospinal fluid, an organ or the abdomen. Once again the type and stage of the cancer would determine how chemotherapy is given.
Where Can I Get Lymphoma Cancer Chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy for lymphoma cancer is a widely performed treatment and is provided for under the NHS scheme. There are also a number of private clinics that provide chemotherapy treatment for lymphoma and these are:
- The Royal Marsden Cancer Centre
- The London Bridge Hospital
- Cancer Partners UK
- The Cancer Centre at the Bupa Cromwell, London
Chemotherapy treatment for lymphoma cancer is not one that is prescribed lightly. It is only administered when there is a good chance that the cancer is curable. There are several side effects, including temporary and permanent infertility and it can be a life altering experience but where it is successful, it is worth the risk.