Lymphoma Cancer Radiotherapy
There are several treatments which can be used on those who have been diagnosed with lymphoma cancer. The type of treatment that is used is dependent on a number of factors including the type and stage of the cancer and the age of the patient. Some of the more popular treatment options include chemotherapy, which is the use of drugs or chemicals to treat cancer; surgery, stem cell transplant, which is a somewhat new treatment option, and radiotherapy.
What is Lymphoma Cancer Radiotherapy?
Lymphoma cancer radiotherapy is a treatment that is used to treat lymphoma when it is in its early stages, before it has spread across the whole body. Radiotherapy is also known as radiation therapy and involves the use of radiation in treating cancer.
Lymph cells are very sensitive to radiation and therefore, radiotherapy has been used successfully in the treatment of lymphoma cancer. Intense x-rays, gamma rays or other kinds of radiation are used to kill the cancer cells and also to shrink tumours. It can be used alone as a treatment or with other forms of treatments such as chemotherapy. When different treatment forms are used together to fight cancer cells, it is called combination therapy. Whether lymphoma cancer radiotherapy is used alone or in combination with other treatment forms would depend on the type and stage of the cancer.
How is Lymphoma Cancer Radiotherapy Performed?
Lymphoma cancer radiotherapy can either be external or internal. It is external where a machine is used outside the body to direct radiation toward the cancer. Where there is a radioactive substance which is implanted through needles, seeds, catheters or wires directly into or proximate to the cancer, this is called internal radiation. What type of radiotherapy is performed depends on the type and stage of the cancer that is being treated. Generally though, radiotherapy is usually used on lymphoma cancer in its first or second stage.
Treatment is a daily thing, spaced over a period of two to six weeks but is does not begin until the treatment has been carefully and thoroughly planned by the radiographer. This is done in order to determine the exact location of the cancer cells so that the radiation can be targeted at the exact spot or as near it as possible. Lymphoma cancer radiotherapy is a procedure that is for the most part, painless however there are certain side effects associated with it including tiredness, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth and a loss of appetite.
Where Can I get Lymphoma Cancer Radiotherapy?
Hospitals which operate the NHS scheme and have cancer centres usually perform lymphoma cancer radiotherapy. As for private hospitals, most with cancer centres also have provision for treatment by radiotherapy. These are a few:
- London Bridge Hospital: Cancer Treatment Centres
- HCA Hospitals which has the following Cancer Treatment Centres
- London Bridge Hospital
- The Wellington Hospital
- The Portland Hospital
- The Lister Hospital
- The Princess Grace Hospital
- The Harley Street Clinic
- Harley Street at Queen's
- Harley Street at UCH
Most people who have been diagnosed with lymphoma cancer usually get cured from the cancer when treatments such as lymphoma cancer radiotherapy are applied. These may have their side effects but have proven effective over the years.