How do medications treat lymphomas?

The primary medications used to treat lymphomas include various types of chemotherapy drugs available. Bleomycin, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, and vincristine are just some of the dozen or so chemotherapy drugs used in various combinations to treat lymphomas. For some lymphomas, drugs called ibritumomab and tositumomab are used to take radiation into the body's system to kill the cancerous cells. Another drug called rituximab works within the immune system in a certain type of lymphoma helping the immune system to identify and eliminate the bad cells and then creating healthy new cells.

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