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NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Hodgkin Lymphoma, Version 1.2015


Overview of cancer treatments Review


• Chemotherapy stops the life cycle of cancer

cells so they can’t increase in number. It is

often used for Hodgkin lymphoma.

• Some steroids have anti-cancer effects and

may be used with chemotherapy.

• Radiation damages DNA which either kills

cancer cells or stops new cancer cells

from being made. It is often given after

chemotherapy but sometimes is used alone to

treat Hodgkin lymphoma.

• A stem cell transplant destroys bone marrow

then replaces it by adding healthy stem cells

into your body. It is an option if chemotherapy

with or without radiation therapy fails.

• Lenalidomide treats Hodgkin lymphoma by

modifying your immune system and by other

means. It is a treatment option for classical

Hodgkin lymphoma that doesn’t respond well

to or returns after first-time treatment.

• Brentuximab vedotin attaches to Hodgkin

lymphoma cells then releases chemotherapy

inside. It is a treatment option for classical

Hodgkin lymphoma that did not respond

to stem cell transplant or two combination

regimens of chemotherapy.

• Everolimus stops cancer cells from receiving

signals to grow. It is a treatment used for

classical Hodgkin lymphoma if first-time

treatment fails.

• Rituximab allows the immune system to attack

and kill cancer cells. It is used for nodular

lymphocyte-predominant Hodgkin lymphoma.

• Clinical trials give people access to new tests

and treatments that otherwise aren’t usually