What are the goals of treatment?

There is no cure for follicular lymphoma. As a result, the goals of treatment are to relieve symptoms, stop the cancer from getting worse, or achieve remission.

If your follicular lymphoma has not responded to or has returned after your previous treatment, your doctor may decide you need to return to treatment based on factors such as:

  • Your symptoms
  • Your results from medical tests

Relapsed or refractory follicular lymphoma can be treated in a number of ways, including antibody therapy and/or chemotherapy. Often, doctors will combine these two types of treatment. After treatment, patients can go into remission for a period of time. However, the disease often comes back.

Antibody therapy and chemotherapy

Antibody therapy Chemotherapy
Antibody therapy is used to find and destroy specific cells within the body. It can use your body's immune system to help fight cancer. It is often an important part of follicular lymphoma treatment plans and can be given along with chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is a drug treatment that destroys growing cells, including cancer cells. It is also an important part of follicular lymphoma treatment plans. It can be given as a single drug or a combination of drugs including antibody therapy. It is thought to use your body's immune system to find and kill lymphoma and healthy cells.
How it works
Antibody therapy targets a protein found on the surface of follicular lymphoma cells and some heathy blood cells. It is thought to use your body's immune system to find and kill lymphoma and healthy cells.
How it works
Chemotherapy attacks growing cancer cells in the body. It also attacks growing healthy cells in the body, such as those for hair and the intestinal lining.