Lymphoma is cancer of the lymphatic system, which includes the lymph glands, liver, and spleen. The lymphatic system is part of the immune system, which helps the body fight infection and disease. The two main types of lymphoma are Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
While some lymphomas can be life-threatening, many can be treated successfully or not require treatment until years after they’re diagnosed.
UT Southwestern Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center is home to a highly skilled and experienced team that specializes in treating patients with lymphoma. We are unmatched in the region in our ability to diagnose the many different kinds of lymphoma and target treatments to the specific variations of the disease – treatments that sometimes aren’t available anywhere else.
When your situation requires a bone marrow transplant, you want proven success. UT Southwestern has the top survival rate for allogeneic stem cell transplants in Texas among adult programs.
Whether our patients require aggressive treatment or a watch-and-wait approach, UT Southwestern offers expert, individualized care for lymphoma.
Our lymphoma experts include:
While the causes of lymphomas are typically unknown, people with weakened immune systems tend to be more at risk. Lymphoma also can run in families, and exposure to certain chemicals may be a risk factor.
Lymphoma is diagnosed with a combination of a physical examination, the patient’s symptoms and health status, and tests that can include:
- Lymph node biopsy that detects lymphoma cells in the lymph node(s)
- Blood analyses to assess the numbers and types of blood cells, as well as other blood components, to determine how advanced the lymphoma is
- Imaging studies, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), bone scans, and positron emission tomography (PET) to visualize tumors and guide biopsies
- Tests of heart and lung function to evaluate the patient’s suitability for certain treatments
An accurate diagnosis is critical to forming an effective treatment plan. UT Southwestern takes accurate diagnosis to the highest level with specialized pathologists called hematopathologists who are uniquely trained to identify and classify the many different types of complex and rare lymphomas.
UT Southwestern’s expert team of lymphoma specialists will determine the best course of treatment for your lymphoma.
Many lymphoma patients need treatment right away for a successful outcome, many others require no treatment until years after their diagnosis.
In cases of low-grade lymphoma, for example, most patients receive no immediate treatment unless they experience symptoms; they’re simply monitored regularly.
In lymphoma patients who do require treatment, we use combinations of strong chemotherapy drugs and the immunotherapy agent rituximab, as well as many other regimens.
Some types of lymphoma tend to return, and in cases of recurrence, we newly evaluate and treat patients as appropriate.
In certain situations, we administer a bone marrow transplant to treat lymphoma patients who are in remission or who have a relapse during or after treatment. UT Southwestern’s transplant specialists are some of the most experienced in the country.
Life Beyond Lymphoma
Living with lymphoma or getting back to your life after treatment can be challenging. As cancer specialists, we want to make sure we address your unique needs at every point in your cancer journey.
To do this, we have a specially trained support services staff available to meet with you and your family during and after care, as well as a range of therapies and activities to help you through treatment for lymphoma and beyond.
As one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, Simmons Cancer Center offers a broad spectrum of clinical trials aimed at improving the outcomes of patients with different types of lymphoma. Talk to your doctor if you are interested in joining a clinical trial.
Request an Appointment
To schedule an appointment with a lymphoma specialist, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.