Radiation therapy is often used to treat Hodgkin lymphoma. Sometimes, it is used to target tumors that have developed in a specific part of the body, such as a lymph node under an arm. Other times, it is delivered throughout the entire body in preparation for a stem cell transplant in order to destroy cancerous cells before introducing new, healthy cells. This can increase the likelihood of successful treatment. Radiation therapy for lymphoma is delivered using external beam radiation, which means that the beams of radiation are delivered externally, through a machine.
There are several forms of radiation therapy that can be used for Hodgkin lymphoma. These include:
- Involved site radiation therapy, in which radiation is aimed directly at cancerous lymph nodes
- Involved field radiation therapy, in which radiation is delivered to a large treatment field that includes cancerous lymph nodes and a few nearby tissues
- Extended field radiation, in which radiation is delivered to cancerous lymph nodes, several nearby tissues and healthy lymph nodes surrounding the cancer site
- Total body irradiation, in which radiation is delivered to the entire body
At Moffitt, each patient’s treatment plan is developed and delivered by several oncologists who specialize in treating lymphoma with radiation therapy. We offer a full spectrum of radiation treatments in a single location, as well as supportive care services to assist with any side effects that might arise during or after treatment. And, when radiation therapy is combined with other advanced treatment options, our team can consult with a patient’s medical oncologists, transplant specialists and surgeons to determine the best approach.
At Moffitt, patients are welcome to consult with an oncologist about Hodgkin lymphoma radiation therapy with or without a referral. To request a consultation, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online.