How do I choose the right treatment for non-hodgkin's lymphoma?

Along with your Dr. Your oncologist will review your type of non-hodgkin lymphoma and then discuss treatment. A clinical trial may also be offered and this may take some time on your part to review the study that is given to you. Of course, your doctor and his/her staff, including the research team should be available to help you make a decision on a clinical trial.
Depends. Over 40 sub-types of nhl with varying stages and prognostic factors, so no universal answer. You need to talk closely with your lymphoma expert heme/oncologist. For some disease and people there is more than one answer that includes not only tumor biology, but patient biology (eg, other health conditions, age, etc) and patient preference.

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Will I have to change my normal activities due to treatment for non-hodgkin's lymphoma?

Depends. Chemotherapy can make you tired as well as your disease. Depending on your overall condition, it may be hard to work full time or at all. The portacath may limit some types of exercise and work duties. It is also good to stay out of crowds to reduce infection. Having said that, I have many patients who have little change in their routine except on the days they receive chemotherapy.
Some lymphoma. Treatment may be arduous, but many accept watchful waiting for low grade lymphoma, or antibody treatment. Cytotoxic chemotherapy can be arduous, bone marrow transplant is a very big deal.

What are my treatment choices for non-hodgkin's lymphoma?

It depends... Nhl has over 40 subtypes. Treatment depends on dx, stage, prognosis, tumor & patient factors. Dlbcl: r-chop most common fl: observation vs. Rituximab vs. R-chop vs. R-bendamustine vs. Other... That is vague, but there is no general answer.
Chemot and radiation. Staging of disease, and cell type are most critical. This is a complex group of diseases. Some do not need treatment right away. Many need chemotherapy. Some early stage cases can be treated with radiation alone. In all cases, continued check ups are necessary because the disease can return with time.

What are the treatment options for non-hodgkin's lymphoma?

Many, depends. There are many treatment options for non-hodgkin's lymphoma (nhl). There are 40+ sub-types of nhl. While many have the same treatment, the treatment approach and treatment intent varies by lymphoma. If the nhl is cd20+ then the monoclonal antibody Rituximab can be used alone or in combination with standard (cytotoxic) chemotherapy. Other potential tx include radiation and clinical trials.
Most likely chemo. There are quite a few types of non-hodgkin lymphoma (nhl), and the majority of them require chemotherapy of some sort. There are a couple types, if they are very low stage (not spread anywhere else), that complete surgical resection alone could be curative. I am speaking from a pediatric perspective (adolescents and young adults with nhl). Elderly patients may be quite different.

What would treatment look like for a teenager experiencing non-hodgkin's lymphoma, stage I or ii?

Depends on type. Not common but not different than for adult, I think: if indolent- surgery and possibly radiation then watchful waiting (maybe with bone marrow harvest for later use) if more aggressive, would use biochemotherapy (i.e.: "r-chop") after surgery. May also include radiation and marrow harvest.

I have non hodgkin's lymphoma for which I am under treatment, is erectile dysfunction a common side effect of this disease?

NonHodgkins Lymphoma. Non-hodgkin’s lymphoma has a variable presentation, such as enlarged lymph nodes, hepatomegaly, splenomegaly, & systemic b symptoms (fever, night sweats, weight loss). Less common are skin rash, itching, generalized fatigue, malaise, ascites, & effusions. Nhl may secondarily involve the central nervous system (cns).
Uncommon 2/2. The most common CNS manifestation is leptomeningeal metastasis (lm), where cranial nerve deficits, vague neck or back pain, radicular (radiating) pain, focal weaknesses, and headache might be seen. Spinal cord compression usually first presents with back pain that is worse when lying down. Motor findings are usually symmetric weakness in the legs, bowel & bladder problems. Discuss with oncologist.
No. It doesn't involve the neuro-circulatory system associated with genitals.
Tx side efffects. I'm not sure of the incidence of erectile dysfunction (ed) in nhl. During treatment. It is likely age-dependent of course. However, I would not be surprised to find it to be common. The chemotherapy drugs can induce a lower testosterone state. Getting treatment and also psychologically change things as well. A ref: kiserud et al. Jco 2009 - http://jco. Ascopubs. Org/content/27/35/6019.Full.
It can be. Erectile dysfunction is usually from both physiologic and psychologic components. Chemotherapy is hard on the body, treatments may lower testosterone, decrease energy and add stress; all things that can effect your function. Ask your doctor about treatments. For more: www. Peedoc. Com @thepeedoc.

My granddads platelet count has gone down to two, he is in hospital, what treatment will they be looking at, he has non-hodgkin lymphoma?

That. Is low. First question is this after chemo and other details of the medical context. More urgent if he is bleeding, although not always the case even with count this low. Transfustion of platelets can be done if appropriate to his circumstances.
Treatment. The exact treatment will depend on the type of lymphoma and the extent of disease. Treatment can include chemotherapy, antibody therapy and/or radiation therapy.

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

"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.
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.

Is adjuvant therapy (chemo) effective for non-hodgkin's lymphoma cases?

Yes. Chemotherapy is the primary treatment for non hodgkins lymphoma. It's effectiveness depend on several favors like stage, type of lymphoma, and the international prognostic index.
Usually it is. The definitive treatement. Adjuvant refers to a treatment "in addition" to the "curing treatment". Best example is surgery is definitive in breast cancer, chemo is adjuvant. It used to be chemo might be adjuvant to xrt, now it's other way around.