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Lymphoma (cont.)

What Follow-up May Be Needed After Lymphoma Treatment?

After completion of primary therapy for lymphoma, all appropriate tests will be repeated to see how well the therapy worked.

  • The results of these tests will tell the oncologist whether the patient is in remission.
  • If the patient is in remission, the oncologist will recommend a schedule of regular testing and follow-up visits to monitor the remission and to catch any recurrence early.
  • Keeping up with these visits and tests is very important in order to avoid advanced or widespread disease.

If lymphoma recurs after treatment, the oncologist will likely recommend further treatment.

Is It Possible to Prevent Lymphoma?

There is no known way to prevent lymphoma. A standard recommendation is to avoid the known risk factors for the disease. However, some risk factors for lymphoma are unknown, and therefore impossible to avoid. Infection with viruses such as HIV, EBV, and hepatitis are risk factors that can be avoided with frequent hand washing, practicing safe sex, and by not sharing needles, razors, toothbrushes, and similar personal items that might be contaminated with infected blood or secretions.

What Is the Prognosis of Lymphoma?

The outlook for HL is very good. It is one of the most curable cancers. The five-year survival rate after treatment is greater than 80% for adults and greater than 90% for children.

As a result of refinements in and more aggressive approaches to therapy, the outlook for NHL has improved significantly in the last few decades. The five-year survival rate after treatment is 69% for adults and up to 90% for children; the 10-year relative survival rate is 59%. The addition of immunotherapy to standard treatment for NHLs may further improve survival rates so that life expectancy may move toward normal.

Many people live with lymphoma in remission for many years after treatment.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/25/2016

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