Depending on the type of lymphoma and whether or where it has spread, your doctor may use radiation therapy, alone or in combination with chemotherapy.
Radiation therapy uses high-energy particles or beams, such as X-rays, to kill cancer cells and reduce the size of tumors. People with Hodgkin’s lymphoma receive external-beam radiation therapy, in which a machine outside the body delivers a dose of radiation that travels through the outer structures, such as the skin and the skeletal muscles, into deeper areas of the body.
Getting Radiation for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
For Hodgkin’s lymphoma, doctors most commonly use radiation to treat cancer in the spleen or in the lymph nodes in the mantle area (neck, chest, and armpits) or the groin.
We will tailor your radiation regimen to your specific situation. Typically patients with lymphoma who need radiation get one treatment each day, five days a week, for several weeks. External-beam radiation therapy is provided at all Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) radiation oncology clinics.
Normal cells that are near your cancer may be affected by radiation, which can lead to side effects. The side effects vary greatly from person to person and depend on the type and dose of the radiation and the area of the body being treated. Your treatment team can tell you about the side effects that are most common with your treatment. Let your team know about any side effects you experience.
For general information to help you cope with side effects, visit our section on symptom management.