Treatment for childhood non-Hodgkin’s disease differs from patient to patient. The regimen used depends on the specific type and stage of the disease. The following is a list of typical treatments:
Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy is the use of cytotoxic (cell damaging) medicines to target and kill tumors.
Radiation: This type of therapy utilizes high doses of X-rays, gamma rays or other types of ionizing (damaging) radiation to kill cancer cells. It may be applied to the whole body or to a specific zone.
Immunotherapy: Immunotherapy uses the body’s own immune system to attack and remove cancer cells. Doctors inject your child with a special type of antibody or cell marker that binds to antigens on a cell’s surface.
Radioimmunotherapy (radiolabeled monoclonal antibodies): This method of treatment combines monoclonal antibody therapy with radioactive isotopes.
Bone marrow transplantation: This is a procedure to replace damaged or destroyed bone marrow with healthy bone marrow stem cells. For patients with very advanced disease, extremely high dose of chemotherapy may be needed.