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Lymphoma - non-Hodgkin's; NHL; B-cell lymphomas
Radiation uses high-energy x-rays to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Radiation is commonly used to treat indolent lymphomas and may also be used palliatively to relieve symptoms. It is very often the sole therapy for early stage (stage I or II) lymphomas. The dose administered ranges from 35 - 50 Gy and depends on a number of factors: The type of lymphoma, the age of the patient, whether the intent is to cure or relieve symptoms, how close sensitive organs are to the diseased area, and whether radiation is being combined with chemotherapy.
Radiation is tailored to the individual and usually limited to the diseased areas and possibly nearby regions:
Side effects and complications of radiation generally depend on the target site in the body. They include:
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