There are several forms of cancer of the lymphatic system, each demanding a different option for destroying the cancer.
In general, Lymphoma is divided into two sections: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) and Hodgkin lymphoma (HL).
The main difference between the two types of lymphomas is the appearance of the cells and the tumour tissue.
Hodgkin Lymphoma (HL)
Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is fairly uncommon and mainly affects young people, although it can be a very aggressive cancer.
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL)
There are currently 60 different types of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and they all behave in different ways. Usually, the disease is treated using chemotherapy alone or in combination with biological therapy, plus as a supplement, radiation can also be used.
However, due to the physical characteristics of protons, proton therapy minimises the doses of radiation to the surrounding organs, significantly reducing the chances of side effects.
Benefits of Proton Therapy:
- Sufficient and effective dose of radiation to the tumour
- Minimal damage to surrounding healthy tissue
- For lymphoma in the chest area, dose reductions to breast, lung, heart and spinal cord
- For lymphoma in the abdomen and pelvic regions, radiation reduction to healthy areas such as the intestines, kidneys, liver, ovaries, uterus, bladder and rectum
- For lymphoma of the head and neck, radiation dose to the ocular structures, spinal cord, brain stem, salivary glands and oral cavity is reduced
- Reduced risk of complications and side-effects
- Low risk of reoccurring tumours