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Though rare, certain types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma may be treated with surgery. This may be the case when the cancer is localized to an organ and has not spread, or if other treatment methods fail. Examples include:

  • Removing tumors from the stomach in those with gastric mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma.
  • Splenectomy in those with splenic marginal zone lymphoma. It is possible to live without a spleen, but it increases the risk of certain bacterial infections, such as pneumonia. Extra protection against some infections can be attained with vaccines and lifestyle changes.

Surgery is usually done in combination with other treatments.

References:

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/003126-pdf.pdf. Accessed April 7, 2016.

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T116014/Non-Hodgkin-lymphoma-NHL. Updated May 5, 2016. Accesses October 6, 2016.

Treatment option overview. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/types/lymphoma/patient/adult-nhl-treatment-pdq#section/_190. Updated March 3, 2016. Accessed April 7, 2016.



Last reviewed March 2015 by Mohei Abouzied, MD

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