Your Care at Winship

As a lymphoma patient, you want to know you’re getting the full range of treatment options and the most current, targeted therapies available. Winship is a leader in translating research breakthroughs into effective therapies for lymphoma patients and can offer you an individualized care plan that incorporates the best treatments available.

Our multidisciplinary lymphoma care teams include hematologists, pathologists, radiologists, advanced practice nurses, and oncology nurses who have decades of experience and can provide a comprehensive and coordinated approach to treating lymphoma. As blood cancer experts, our care teams will determine your specific type of lymphoma and develop a treatment plan that targets your cancer most effectively.

Our multidisciplinary team approach offers a number of benefits to you, including:

Diagnosing Your Lymphoma

Lymphoma is a cancer that occurs when your body’s white blood cells, called lymphocytes, begin behaving abnormally.

Lymphocytes help you fight infection and are part of your lymphatic, or immune system. Lymphoma can affect any part of your lymphatic system, which is made up of lymphocytes, lymph nodes and vessels, the spleen and bone marrow.

The two main types of lymphoma are:

Hodgkin lymphoma: one of the most curable blood cancers, but less common than non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma: affects mostly adults and is one of the most common cancers in the U.S. There are many types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and it may be slow growing (indolent) or fast growing (aggressive).

Diagnosing your particular type of lymphoma is a crucial part of providing you with the right treatment. Diagnosis of lymphoma is done with a biopsy, which involves examination by a pathologist of tissue or cells obtained by removing all or part of a lymph node.

Staging determines the extent of spread of the disease. A complete staging workup may include a physical exam, blood work, CT and/or PET scans, bone marrow biopsy, and sometimes a lumbar puncture.

For patients with biopsies performed at outside facilities, the tissue samples are re-evaluated by Winship hematopathologists to confirm the diagnosis. Winship radiologists also may review CT and/or PET scans from outside facilities.

Your Treatment Options

Depending on your diagnosis, the stage of your lymphoma and how your particular lymphoma developed, your treatment options may vary and may include:

Chemotherapy: Each type of lymphoma is sensitive to different combinations of chemotherapy, which may involve one or a combination of anticancer drugs that destroy cancer cells.

Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation: This treatment consists of destroying cancerous bone marrow cells using higher doses of chemotherapy and in some cases, radiotherapy, and then replacing them with healthy bone marrow or stem cells to help patients regain a new and healthy immune system. Winship has pioneered many advances in bone marrow transplant procedures and drugs.

Targeted therapy: the use of monoclonal antibodies provided the first targeted therapy for lymphoma. Several are now routinely used to treat lymphoma.

Some forms of lymphoma may also be treated with one therapy or a combination of radiation therapy, biologic therapy, and even surgery, primarily to obtain a biopsy for diagnosis.

In addition to delivering the highest quality medical care, we recognize the importance of the psychological and emotional aspects of living with a cancer diagnosis and of dealing with treatment. Our supportive oncology team addresses these issues in a timely manner with additional support from counselors, nurse navigators, dietitians and social service professionals.