Your treatment depends on several factors. These include the number and places in the body that are affected by lymphoma (the stage) and the type of lymphoma.

Treatment options

Find out how your doctor decides which treatment you need for non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). And read about the types of treatment you might have. 

Treatment for low grade non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Low grade non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) tends to grow slowly. The treatment you have depends on whether your NHL is limited or advanced. 

Treatment for high grade non-Hodgkin lymphoma

High grade non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) tends to grow faster than low grade NHL. The treatment you have depends on the stage of the cancer. 


Chemotherapy uses anti cancer drugs to destroy cancer cells. You might have a combination of chemotherapy drugs for NHL. 

Targeted cancer drugs

Targeted therapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses drugs or other substances to seek out and destroy cancer cells. Targeted drugs are used to treat Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). 

CAR T-cell therapy

You might hear CAR T-cell therapy called a type of adoptive cell transfer. It's a possible treatment for some children with leukaemia and some adults with lymphoma. 


Radiotherapy uses high energy rays to kill cancer cells. See how you might have it for non-Hodgkin lymphoma.


High dose chemotherapy damages the stem cells that make blood cells in the bone marrow. So after this intensive treatment you have a stem cell or bone marrow transplant to replace the cells.


Surgery isn’t often used as to treat non-Hodgkin lymphoma. See when you might have it and what to expect at the hospital. 

Follow up

Find out about follow up appointments and tests after treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. 

If your non-Hodgkin lymphoma comes back

Find out about treatment if your lymphoma comes back after treatment.

Last reviewed: 
12 Jan 2021
Next review due: 
12 Jan 2024
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