NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma

36 NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® : Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma, 2017 Review † † Immunotherapy helps your immune system to attack and destroy cancer cells. † † Lenalidomide is an immunomodulator. It treats DLBCL by modifying your immune system and by other means. † † Chemotherapy stops the life cycle of cancer cells so they can’t increase in number. † † Some steroids have anti-cancer effects and may be used with chemotherapy. † † Brentuximab vedotin is a targeted therapy. It attaches to cells with CD30 proteins then releases chemotherapy inside. † † Involved-site radiation therapy kills cancer within lymph nodes and nearby cells by damaging DNA. † † A blood stem cell transplant treats lymphoma by giving a person healthy blood stem cells. † † Clinical trials give people access to new tests and treatments that otherwise can’t usually be received. These new tests and treatments may in time be approved by the FDA. 3 Overview of cancer treatments Review During chemo, I made sure I ate (even when not hungry) and drank plenty of water. After chemo, I had 18 radiation treatments. I would walk my steps until I could do 8 times up & down (to rebuild my lung capacity). Then I walked a 5k during treatment. It was hard but my sister was with me. – Angie Survivor “