Having treatment for lymphoma?

Your medical team plans the best treatment for you. They consider lots of factors including the type of lymphoma you have, which parts of your body it affects (its stage), your symptoms and general health. We're here to offer information and support before, during and after treatment.

Treatment for lymphoma

Your treatment is planned and delivered specifically for you by a team of specialist healthcare professionals. 


Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill cancer cells. It's often a very effective treatment for lymphoma. We explain what chemotherapy is, how it works, and address some of the questions you might have about this type of treatment.

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Radiotherapy uses radiation to destroy cancer cells. It's also sometimes used to control symptoms. Find information about the different types of radiotherapy, and answers you might have about this type of treatment.

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Watch and wait (active monitoring)

Sometimes, lymphoma doesn’t need treatment straightaway. Instead, you have regular check-ups and your medical team offer treatment when you need it. This approach is called watch and wait (active monitoring). We explain the reasons behind watch and wait, and when it might be suitable.

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Antibody therapy (including rituximab)

Antibody therapy is a type of targeted therapy, which means that it targets cancer cells more precisely than some other drug treatments. Read about different types of antibody therapy and how they work.

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CAR T-cell therapy

CAR T-cell therapy is used to treat some types of lymphoma that have come back or not responded to treatment. It uses cells from your own immune system to fight lymphoma. 

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Stem cell transplants

A stem cell transplant is an intensive treatment that might be suitable for some people with certain types of lymphoma. It replaces damaged or destroyed stem cells with healthy stem cells to enable you to have high-dose chemotherapy. Find out about the different types of stem cell transplant and the process of having one.

Clinical trials

Every new treatment for lymphoma needs to be tested in a clinical trial before it can be approved. We address some of the questions people frequently ask about trials, including about how they work, and some of the possible advantages and disadvantages of taking part in one. Our TrialsLink allows you to search a database to see if there's a trial that might be suitable for you.

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Looking for support or someone to talk to?

You are likely to go through a wide range of emotions during and after treatment for lymphoma – we're here for you at every step.

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Side effects of treatment

Each treatment for lymphoma has a set of possible unwanted side effects. We cover some of the common side effects of lymphoma treatment. Your medical team can advise you about the side effects you might get and how to manage them.

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Get in touch

Our friendly helpline team are available weekdays 10am to 3pm on freephone 0808 808 5555. You can also email at information@lymphoma-action.org.uk or use Live Chat, which appears in the bottom right hand corner of your screen.

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Personal stories

People often tell us they find it helpful to learn about the experiences of others affected by lymphoma. Read and watch as others share stories about their diagnosis and treatment, and how they've adjusted, practically and emotionally.

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Live your Life

Our peer-led Live your Life (self-management) programme is for people who have just finished treatment or who are on watch and wait (activte monitoring). It aims to connect you to others, help you to find your 'new normal' and live well with and beyond lymphoma.


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Get involved

Whether you want to hold an event, take on a challenge, raise awareness or volunteer your time, there are many ways you can get involved to help make sure that no one has to face their lymphoma alone.

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