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Radiation Therapy

Radiation is commonly used in low stage Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphomas (Stage I and II). Patients with higher stage disease may be treated with radiation to reduce tumor mass or bulky disease. Usually patients are treated with radiation on only one side of the body (above or below the diaphragm). Radiation may also be given for central nervous system prophylaxis, or for intracranial metastases.

Key words:

  • Mantle field radiation
    Radiation to the neck, chest and mediastinum, and axilla
  • Mini-mantle
    Radiation to the neck, axilla, and upper chest but not to low mediastinum
  • Total body irradiation (TBI)
    Low dose radiation to all lymph chains and areas for advanced disease
  • Inverted Y
    Radiation to pelvic and para-aortic nodes