NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Mantle Cell Lymphoma
27 NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® : Mantle Cell Lymphoma, 2019 3 Treatment guide Supportive care | Review Supportive care Supportive care aims to improve your quality of life. It includes care for health issues caused by cancer or cancer treatment. It is also sometimes called palliative care. Palliative care is important for everyone, not just people at the end of life. Treatment side effects All cancer treatments can cause unwanted health issues. Such health issues are called side effects. Some side effects may be harmful to your health. Others may just be unpleasant. Side effects differ between people. Some people have side effects while others have none. Some people have mild side effects while others have severe effects. Side effects depend on the treatment type, length or dose of treatment, and the person. Most side effects appear shortly after treatment starts and will stop after treatment. However, other side effects are long-term or may appear years later. Ask your treatment team for a complete list of side effects of your treatments. Tell your treatment team about any new or worse symptoms you get. There may be ways to help you feel better. There are also ways to prevent some side effects. Review The goal of treatment is to achieve a complete response and to stop MCL from growing. Initial treatment is often given in phases. The first phase is induction treatment. You may or may not have consolidation treatment, maintenance treatment, or both. Chemoimmunotherapy is a common induction treatment. Consolidation with an autologous stem cell transplant may be received. Rituximab is used for maintenance. If initial therapy doesn’t work or the cancer relapses, you may receive the same or a different type of treatment. Options for second- line treatment include kinase inhibitors and immunomodulators. Supportive care is an important part of your cancer care. It can help prevent or reduce side effects of treatment.