Hodgkin's lymphoma/Non-Hodgkin's lymphomas are cancers of the immune/lymphatic system. Radiation therapy (the delivery of high energy radiation (x-rays) that accurately target cancer cells in specific parts of the body) is often an integral part of the treatment regimen for these diseases, either alone, or, more commonly, in combination with chemotherapy. The choice of treatment is based on many factors, such as:
- Extent of disease (stage)
- Location of disease/involved lymph nodes or organs
- Other patient-related factors such as age and overall health
At Weill Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital, we work closely with medical oncologists to formulate an individualized treatment plan for each patient that is data-driven (that is, based on results of up-to-date clinical trials). We offer state of the art equipment and software to deliver the latest radiotherapy techniques, such as Image-guided Radiation therapy, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT).
We take great pride in spending time with our patients to discuss these options, allowing them to make an informed decision as to what is the best treatment for them.
The side effects you may experience will depend on the area being treated, the type of radiation used and whether or not you also received chemotherapy. Before treatment, your doctor will describe what you can expect.
Some patients experience minor or no side effects and can continue their normal routines.
If at any time you develop side effects, tell your doctor or nurse. He or she can give you medicine to help.