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Treatment of aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHLs) tend to grow quickly, which leads to early symptoms that usually need to be treated right away. Aggressive lymphomas are often very sensitive to treatment and many people can be successfully treated.

Treatment of aggressive NHL can vary somewhat depending on:

  • the particular type of lymphoma
  • the person's age
  • the person's overall health

When planning treatment, doctors may put people with NHL into 2 groups based on the stage of their lymphoma:

  • limited stage – stage I or stage II NHL
  • advanced stage – stage III or stage IV NHL

The types of treatments given are based on the unique needs of the person with NHL.


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