Hematologic Cancer Survivorship Management: Lymphoma

  • Maria Alma Rodriguez
  • Leslie Ballas
  • Kristin Simar
Part of the MD Anderson Cancer Care Series book series (MDCCS)


Lymphoid malignancies are a family of diverse cancers arising in the cells of the immune system. Lymphoid leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma belong to this category of cancers. This chapter will focus on lymphomas and the late effects of treatment. Lymphomas are broadly categorized into Hodgkin lymphomas, which are uncommon, and non-Hodgkin lymphomas, which are the sixth most common malignancy in men and women. Incidence of non-Hodgkin lymphoma appears to be rising, although the reasons for this are unclear. Treatment for lymphoma has improved substantially over the past 50 years, resulting in a large population of long-term lymphoma survivors. Patients with lymphoma are treated principally with chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation, or stem cell transplantation. Surgery generally does not have a role in the treatment of these disorders except in rare cases. Different treatment modalities have different late side effects. In this chapter, we will summarize the most commonly known potential late effects of chemotherapeutic agents and radiation, the few situations in which surgery is used and its long-term effects, and recommended practice for surveillance of recurrence and late effects.


Hodgkin Lymphoma Time High Risk Survivorship Care Plan Advanced Practice Nurse Splenic Marginal Zone Lymphoma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Alma Rodriguez
    • 1
  • Leslie Ballas
    • 2
  • Kristin Simar
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Lymphoma and MyelomaThe University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Valley Radiotherapy AssociatesLos AngelesUSA

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