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When you or a loved one is facing lymphoma, you need expert care that’s tailored to your unique needs. At Levine Cancer Institute, our experienced lymphoma specialists work together to pinpoint your diagnosis and provide personalized treatment – so you have the best chance of a healthy recovery.

With more than 25 locations across the Carolinas, we give you access to comprehensive care close to home, including the most advanced therapies, clinical trials and support programs.

Lymphoma Types and Diagnosis

Lymphoma is a general term for cancers that start in the lymphatic system, part of your body’s disease-fighting immune system. It’s important to accurately diagnose the type and subtype of your lymphoma to ensure you receive the most effective treatment possible.

Our hematopathologists (experts in identifying blood cancers) use the latest techniques to identify even the rarest forms of lymphoma. And no matter what type you’re diagnosed with, our high patient volumes – more than any other cancer center in the region – mean we have a depth of expertise treating patients just like you.

The two main types of lymphoma are:

  • Hodgkin lymphoma (or Hodgkin’s disease), which involves large abnormal tumor cells called Reed-Sternberg cells.
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), which has many subtypes that are classified as either B-cell lymphoma or T-cell lymphoma, depending on the cells involved.

Our experts have extensive experience treating Hodgkin and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Some of the many subtypes we treat include:

  • Anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL)
  • Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AITL)
  • Burkitt lymphoma
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)/small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL)
  • Classical Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL)/mycosis fungoides
  • Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL)
  • Enteropathy-associated T-cell lymphoma (EATL)
  • Follicular lymphoma
  • Hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma (HSTCL)
  • Lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma (LPL)
  • Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL)
  • Marginal zone lymphoma
  • NK T-cell lymphoma
  • Peripheral T-cell lymphoma not otherwise specified (PTCL-NOS)
  • Plasmablastic lymphoma (PBL)
  • Primary central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma

Your Care Team

We take a collaborative approach that ensures you receive comprehensive, top-quality care – and gives you the best chance at a good outcome.

From the moment of diagnosis, you’ll be surrounded by dedicated lymphoma specialists who meet regularly to discuss your case and personalize your treatment. Your care team includes hematologists, medical and radiation oncologists, as well as specialized pharmacists, advanced care practitioners, clinical and research nurses, social workers and patient navigators.

Advanced Treatment Options

High-grade, fast-growing lymphomas require a different type of treatment than low-grade, slow-growing cancers. Using the most advanced therapies available, our specialists tailor your treatment to the specific type of lymphoma you have and the rate of its growth.

Your lymphoma treatment plan may include:

  • Active surveillance, also known as watchful waiting, where we regularly monitor your condition and avoid treatment – and its side effects – until your disease progresses. Your doctor may recommend this if you have a slow-growing lymphoma without any symptoms.
  • Chemotherapy, which shrinks or destroys cancer cells with powerful medications that may be given as a pill or through an IV.
  • Immunotherapy (or biological therapy), which works with your body to stop cancer cells from growing, strengthen your immune system and reduce the risk that your cancer will come back.
  • Radiation therapy, which uses high-energy X-rays to target and kill cancer cells.
  • Targeted therapy, which blocks the specific genes or proteins that cancer cells need to grow.

Transplant and Cellular Therapy

As the region’s only comprehensive transplant and cellular therapy center, we bring you access to advanced treatments not available elsewhere, including:

  • Bone marrow transplant, also known as stem cell transplant, which replaces diseased cells with healthy blood stem cells. We offer the latest approaches, including autologous (self), full-match and half-matched transplants. In the past four years, we’ve performed more than 500 transplants at our state-of-the-art facility.
  • CAR T-cell therapy, a type of cellular therapy that supercharges your blood cells to fight cancer. We’re one of only a few cancer care centers nationwide offering CAR T-cell therapy to treat non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other cancers.

Learn more about our Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program.

Clinical Trials

When you need care that goes beyond current treatments, our extensive clinical trials program gives you access to the newest, most promising therapies. In fact, we’re proud to be one of the leading sites for blood cancer clinical trials in the country.

Our patients can participate in Phase 1 to 3 trials for many types and stages of lymphoma. We’ll help you find a study that may be right for you.

Learn more about our research and clinical trials.

Cancer Support and Survivorship Programs

Cancer affects every part of your life, and the care process can feel confusing and overwhelming – often involving physical, financial and emotional challenges for you and your family. From diagnosis through survivorship, we offer a wide range of resources to support you and enhance all aspects of your well-being.

Learn more about our cancer support and survivorship programs.

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