Chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Chemotherapy may be used to fight all forms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, including aggressive and non-aggressive forms, and may also be used to help prevent the disease from recurring. Chemotherapy for NHL often consists of giving several drugs together in a set regimen. A common form used specifically to treat diffuse large B-cell lymphoma is CHOP chemotherapy, which is a combination of four chemotherapy drugs.
Depending on the regimen, chemotherapy may be administered in pill form, as an injection, or intravenously. You may receive chemotherapy alone, or in combination with other NHL treatments, such as targeted therapy and radiation therapy.
Potential side effects of chemotherapy for NHL
While chemotherapy destroys rapidly dividing cancer cells, it can also affect normal fast-growing cells, such as those in the hair, mouth, GI tract and bone marrow. Chemotherapy for NHL may also temporarily interfere with the ability of the bone marrow to produce adequate numbers of blood cells, resulting in various side effects.