Usually, a team of specialists called a multidisciplinary team (MDT) meets to plan your treatment.
The MDT may include:
- haematologists and oncologists – these are doctors who specialise in treating lymphoma
- a radiologist – this is a doctor who analyses scans and x-rays
- a clinical nurse specialist, who will make sure you get help and support throughout your treatment.
It may also include other specialists, such as a pharmacist, dietitian, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, psychologist or counsellor.
Treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma.
The main treatments for Hodgkin lymphoma are chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The treatment you have will depend on:
- the type of Hodgkin lymphoma you have
- the stage of your Hodgkin lymphoma
- your age and general health
- which parts of your body are affected
- the results of your blood tests.
Treating classical Hodgkin lymphoma
If you have early-stage classical Hodgkin lymphoma, you will usually be treated with chemotherapy followed by radiotherapy. If the lymphoma is more advanced, chemotherapy is usually the main treatment but you may also have radiotherapy.
Most people won’t need any further treatment to get rid of the lymphoma. However, sometimes lymphoma comes back or there may still be signs of it after treatment. You might need more treatment if this happens. We have more information about treating Hodgkin lymphoma that comes back.
If you have nodular lymphocyte predominant Hodgkin lymphoma (NLPHL), your doctor may suggest that you delay having treatment. Instead you will have regular tests and appointments to monitor the lymphoma. This is called watch and wait.
If you start treatment, you may have radiotherapy or chemotherapy to treat NLPHL. Some people have both treatments. Other people will have a targeted therapy such as rituximab. This is a common treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
NLPHL may come back, sometimes after a long period of time, and can be treated again with chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Rarely, NLPHL can change into a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. If this happens, you will have treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma instead. We have more information about treatments for non-Hodgkin lymphoma.