Our experienced pediatric oncology team is skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of both Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in children. We offer the very latest in treatment options and national clinical trials, and will develop a personalized plan for your son or daughter, with the goal of remission and a cure.
The term lymphoma refers to cancers that arise in the lymph nodes and lymphatic tissues. Lymphomas can be Hodgkin's or non-Hodgkin's, depending on the biology of the cancerous cells. Symptoms include swollen glands, unexplained cough, fever, weight loss, night sweats or shortness of breath. Lymphomas are the third most common cancer in children, but cure rates for most children are also very high.
At Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, our children's cancer team knows that treating a child who has lymphoma is very different than treating an adult. Our goal is to find the most effective treatment for your child with the smallest long-term impact on his or her growing body.
We are proud to be part of nationwide research in the most promising new treatments for childhood lymphomas. Many new immune therapies can more directly target lymphoma cells, avoiding damage to normal, non-cancerous body tissues. Kids with lymphoma sometimes receive immunotherapy along with long established treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation.
Chemotherapy refers to very potent drug combinations to destroy cancer cells. This is the primary treatment for all types of lymphoma.
Radiation uses high-energy X-rays to shrink groups of cancer cells and prevent lymphoma cells from growing. Radiation is used to treat some types of lymphoma, usually in combination with chemotherapy.
In a targeted therapy, specific immune and biologic medications are used to "tag" and attack cancer cells without injuring normal cells.