Chemotherapy is one of the most common types of treatment for lymphoma, alongside radiotherapy. Chemotherapy uses cytotoxic drugs (also known as anti-cancer drugs) to kill the cells damaged by cancer, which occurs when the therapy disrupts the cancer cells’ growth. It can be administered either into the vein or as tablets. Patients are often treated with CVP chemotherapy (cyclophosphamide, vincristine, and steroid prednisolone), but there are also other options. CHOP (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisolone), FAD (fludarabine, doxorubicin, and the steroid dexamethasone) or FMD (fludarabine, mitoxantrone, and dexamethasone) are more commonly used in the case of recurrent cancer. Chemotherapy may be combined with biological therapy or radiotherapy.
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