Surgery isn't often used to treat non-Hodgkin lymphoma. But it can be used to remove a lymph node for testing, to remove limited disease from an affected organ or more rarely to remove the spleen.

Types of surgery

Surgery isn’t often used to treat non-Hodgkin lymphoma. If you have a very rare type of lymphoma called splenic marginal zone lymphoma you might have your spleen removed. Or if you have a large tumour in your abdomen you might have surgery before chemotherapy. 

Preparing for surgery

Before surgery for NHL you will have some tests to check your general health and fitness before the anaesthetic. You will meet the members of the team looking after you. 

On the day

Find out what happens on the day of your surgery and how you have an anaesthetic.

After surgery

Find out what to expect and possible problems after surgery.

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