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how successful are treatments for non-hodgkin's lymphoma?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
19 years experience Hematology and Oncology
"Very": In general (generalizing 40+ lymphomas), nhl is very responsive to chemotherapy. Refractory (non-responsive) nhl is bad. Not all nhl is curable (eg follicular lymphoma), but even in those cases people often do well with continued treatments and/or maintenance therapy. There are some very difficult/bad lymphomas such as ptcl and lymphomas can cause bad symptoms at diagnosis such as svc syndrome.
Answered on Dec 30, 2014
Dr. Stephen Noga
33 years experience Medical Oncology
Very successful: We can cure the majority of patients with aggressive lymphoma. This is not the case for the more slow growing types of lymphoma grouped as indolent lymphomas which currently can not be cured. However, many can be placed in remission for very long periods of time. We continually get better with these treatments for all the types of lymphoma.
Answered on Oct 9, 2013
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