Workers who were exposed to toxic chemicals and develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma may require extensive treatment, medical care, and lifelong follow-up treatment. These treatments for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma may include radiation therapy, chemotherapy, vaccines, targeted antibodies, and more.
What You Can Do & How We Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured by cancer caused by exposure to toxic chemicals, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Toxic Tort Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
Treatment of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma by Stage
Individuals who are diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma will need to undergo additional medical tests to determine how far the cancer has progressed and whether it has spread beyond the lymphatic system. This is called staging, and treatment of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma depends on the stage of the cancer.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma stages and treatment:
- Stage I: The cancer is found in only one lymphatic area, such as a lymph node, thymus, spleen, tonsils, etc. Chemotherapy and surgical treatments may be necessary.
- Stage II: This occurs when the cancer affects two or more lymphatic areas, either above or below the diaphragm (the muscle in the middle of the abdomen that flexes during breathing). Treatment may involve surgery and chemotherapy.
- Stage III: This stage is diagnosed when the cancer has spread above and below the diaphragm. Treatment options include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and targeted therapy.
- Stage IV: This stage involves cancer that has spread to at least one organ that is not in the lymphatic system, such as the liver, lungs, bone marrow, cerebrospinal fluid, etc. Treatment may involve targeted therapy, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and palliative care.
The course of treatment also varies depending on individual factors (underlying health conditions, for example) and whether the cancer is indolent (slow-growing) or aggressive (fast growing).
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Treatment Options
According to the National Institute of Health, there are six main treatment options for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma:
- Radiation therapy: This can be either external radiation therapy, in which a machine emits high-energy x-rays to kill cancer cells, or internal radiation therapy, in which a patient is implanted with radioactive substances in areas where cancer is growing.
- Chemotherapy: Treatment uses medications (often delivered intravenously) to kill cancer cells or prevent them from growing and dividing. In recent years, stem cell therapy has been used in combination with chemotherapy.
- Targeted therapy: This treatment uses substances (such as antibodies) to target cancer cells and leave healthy cells alive.
- Plasmapheresis: The patient has their blood removed and a machine mechanically separates excess plasma. This helps reduce thickening of the blood, which is a common complication of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
- Biologic therapy: This treatment uses a patient’s own immune system to attack cancer cells. Vaccine therapies are currently being developed in this area.
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What You Can Do & How We Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured by cancer caused by workplace exposure to toxic chemicals, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Toxic Tort Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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