Before you start treatment, your lymphoma doctor or nurse will talk to you about your treatment plan. Your lymphoma doctor may be:
- a haematologist (a doctor who treats blood disorders)
- an oncologist (a doctor who treats cancer).
The main treatment for NHL is chemotherapy. It uses anti-cancer drugs to kill the lymphoma cells. You may also have a targeted therapy drug with the chemotherapy, such as rituximab. Some people have radiotherapy after chemotherapy treatment ends. Radiotherapy uses high-energy x-rays to kill cancer cells.
The treatment you have depends on:
- the type of NHL you have
- which parts of your body are affected
- how much lymphoma there is in your body (the stage of the lymphoma).
Your doctor or nurse may talk to you about the stage of the lymphoma. This is a way of describing how many areas of your body are affected by lymphoma and where these areas are. We have more information about stages of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. It is written for people of all ages, not just teenagers and young adults.
Treatment for NHL has a very good success rate. Many teenagers and young adults are cured. But some treatments can cause long-term or late effects. This can include changes to your fertility (being able to father a child or get pregnant). Your lymphoma doctor or nurse should talk to you about this before you start treatment. If your fertility could be affected, you may be able to have treatment to preserve your fertility. We have more information about fertility and having fertility preservation.