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How is non-Hodgkin lymphoma treated in the event of a relapse?

Treatment options differ for recurrent non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Even after successful treatment, regular checkups with your doctor are recommended, as non-Hodgkin lymphoma can recur even years after treatment. In the event a relapse is detected, new treatments will be used, depending on whether the disease is considered aggressive or not, whether it had gone into complete remission or not, the age of the patient, and other factors. Standard treatments are usually not effective on a relapse; chemotherapy will be more intensive, and likely involve multiple drugs and/or the use of palliative radiation therapy. Targeted therapies using monoclonal antibodies are useful. Stem cell therapy using one's own stem cells or those of a close relative may be used to supplement the chemotherapy; a bone marrow transplant may be advised. These treatments are quite effective and provide good reason to hope for remission.

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