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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

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Peripheral T-cell Lymphoma, Version 1.2016

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Overview of cancer treatments Review

Review

• 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.

• 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.

• Lenalidomide treats peripheral T-cell

lymphoma by modifying your immune system

and by other means.

• Alemtuzumab marks cancer cells for

destruction by your immune system.

Brentuximab vedotin attaches to cells

with CD30 proteins and then releases

chemotherapy into the cells.

• Involved-site radiation therapy kills cancer

within lymph nodes and nearby by damaging

DNA.

• A stem cell transplant rebuilds bone marrow

by giving a person healthy blood stem cells.

An autologous transplant uses your healthy

stem cells to rebuild marrow damaged by

high doses of chemotherapy that was given

to kill cancer cells. An allogeneic transplant

suppresses your immune system with

chemotherapy then transfuses donor stem

cells that will attack cancer cells.