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Just diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma

There are many subtypes of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but they can generally be put into one of two broad categories:

  • high-grade or aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma where the cancer develops quickly and aggressively
  • low-grade or indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma where the cancer develops slowly, and you may not experience any symptoms for many years.

Although high-grade non-Hodgkin lymphoma is an aggressive form of cancer, it can be cured with intensive treatment in around 30% of people.

Treatments for non-Hodgkin lymphoma include chemotherapy, radiotherapy and biological therapy.

Your recommended treatment plan will take into consideration your general health and age, because many of the treatments have side effects that can be difficult if you have other health problems.

Survival rates for non-Hodgkin lymphoma vary greatly depending on the exact type, grade and stage of the lymphoma, and the person's age.

Source: NHS Choices, UK (Lymphoma, non-Hodgkin's)

Last reviewed: September 2015

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