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What are the treatment options for stage 1 non-Hodgkin lymphoma?

Treatment options for stage 1 non-Hodgkin lymphoma depend on whether the disease is diagnosed as indolent or aggressive. A diagnosis of stage 1 non-Hodgkin lymphoma means the disease is extremely limited, and your doctor may opt not to treat it all, asking instead for you to come in for periodic monitoring checkups. This is because treatment of such a limited form of this disease can actually result in recurrences, even years later.

An aggressive form of stage 1 non-Hodgkin lymphoma calls for correspondingly aggressive treatment. Treatment will usually be some combination of chemotherapy using cancer-fighting drugs and targeted radiation therapy. Stem cells may be used to supplement a particularly high-dose regimen of chemotherapy.

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