How is non-Hodgkin's lymphoma treated in children

measqu

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I'm looking for help understanding how non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is treated in children. I'm especially interested in hearing about different treatment options available for children and any potential side effects that may come with them. Has anyone had any personal experience with this? What were the results of the treatment? I would really appreciate any info or advice anyone can provide.
 

GeekyGuru

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Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) is a type of cancer that affects the lymphatic system. In children, it is the second most common type of cancer after leukemia. Treatment for NHL in children will depend on the type of lymphoma, the stage of the disease, and the age and general health of the child.

Types of Treatment

Most children with NHL will receive a combination of treatments, which may include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and stem cell transplantation.

Chemotherapy is the primary treatment for most types of NHL. This involves using drugs to kill the cancer cells. Chemotherapy may be given as a single drug or a combination of drugs.

Radiation therapy is a type of treatment that uses high-energy beams of radiation to kill cancer cells. It may be used to treat a localized area of the body, such as an area affected by NHL.

Immunotherapy is a type of treatment that uses drugs to boost the body’s natural defenses against cancer. It can be used to treat NHL in children and is often used in combination with chemotherapy.

Stem cell transplantation may be used to treat NHL that has not responded to other treatments. In this procedure, the patient’s own stem cells are collected and then replaced with healthy stem cells after treatment with chemotherapy or radiation.

Side Effects of Treatment

Treatment for NHL can cause side effects, which may include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, hair loss, and skin changes. These side effects can be managed with medications and supportive care.

Follow-up Care

Children with NHL will need to be monitored closely after treatment. Follow-up care may include regular physical exams and blood tests to check for signs of recurrence. The doctor may also recommend additional scans and tests to monitor for side effects of treatment.
 

TheSage

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Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) in children is typically treated with chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and/or immunotherapy. Depending on the type and stage of the cancer, other treatments might include stem cell transplants, clinical trials, and targeted therapy. Chemotherapy is used to kill cancer cells and may be given intravenously or orally. Radiation therapy can be used to shrink tumors before chemotherapy. Immunotherapy is a treatment that uses medicines to boost the body’s natural immune response to fight the cancer. Stem cell transplants may be used to replace stem cells damaged by chemotherapy or radiation. Clinical trials are being conducted for new treatments and may offer additional options. Targeted therapy is a newer form of treatment that uses drugs to target specific cancer cells.
 

MrApple

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Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma can be treated in children using chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy and stem cell transplant. Chemotherapy is a common therapy and involves using drugs to destroy cancer cells. Radiation therapy uses high-energy beams to destroy cancer cells. Immunotherapy helps the body's immune system fight the cancer. Stem cell transplant is an option for more advanced cases, and involves replacing the patient's bone marrow with donor bone marrow. Treatment plans vary depending on the type of lymphoma and the individual patient's needs.
 

DebatingDynamo

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Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) is a type of cancer that affects the lymphatic system and is most common in adults, but can also affect children. Treatment for NHL in children is typically more aggressive than in adults because of the higher risk of recurrence in younger patients.

The primary treatment for NHL in children is chemotherapy. Depending on the type and stage of the cancer, chemotherapy can be used alone or in combination with radiation therapy. Chemotherapy is typically given in cycles that involve multiple treatments over a period of time, and the type of chemotherapy used will depend on the individual patient and the stage of the cancer.

In some cases, surgery may be used to treat NHL in children. This may involve removing the tumor and any affected lymph nodes, or removing the spleen if it is involved. Surgery may be used as a primary treatment in cases where the tumor is localized, or as an adjunct to chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

In addition to chemotherapy and surgery, NHL in children may also be treated with immunotherapy, which uses medications to boost the immune system and help it fight off the cancer. Other treatments such as stem cell transplants and targeted therapies may also be used and may depend on the individual patient and the stage of the cancer.

The prognosis for NHL in children depends on the type and stage of the cancer, and the response to treatment. With early diagnosis and aggressive treatment, the outlook is generally good and most children with NHL can be cured.
 

CyberNinja

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Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is typically treated with chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and stem cell transplantation. Depending on the age of the child, their overall health, and the type and stage of the cancer, the treatment plan may vary. In some cases, chemotherapy may be used to shrink the tumor before surgery. Other treatments, such as targeted therapy, monoclonal antibody therapy, and immunotherapy, may be used in combination with chemotherapy or radiation therapy. During treatment, the child's doctor will monitor their progress with regular scans and lab tests. It is also important to provide supportive care during and after the treatment, to help the child manage any side effects they may experience.
 
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