Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a type of cancer of the lymphatic system, a system which comprises of tissues and organs that primarily consists of lymph nodes, lymph vessels and lymph. Its primary function is to transport lymph which is a clear colourless fluid that flows through the lymphatic system and contains white blood cells. The white blood cells help the body to get rid of waste and toxins and also protect the body from infection. Cancer of the lymphatic system is, therefore, a cancer of a part of the immune system.
The other cancer of the lymphatic system that is more common is non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma which originates from the lymphatic system. The difference between the two types of lymphatic system cancers is that while Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma may arise in lymph nodes anywhere in the body, Hodgkin’s lymphoma mostly starts in the upper body – the neck, armpits and chest.
Treatment Options for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Hodgkin’s lymphoma treatment depends on the stage of the cancer and the patient’s general health. Treatment options available include:
- Chemotherapy: This is a type of cancer treatment that involves using anti-cancer drugs to kill cancer cells.
- Radiotherapy: This treatment, on the other hand, involves using high-energy beams to kill or destroy cancer cells.
- Targeted Therapy: This is one of the newest types of chemotherapy which works by targeting the different variables that help cancer cells to survive and grow.
- Immunotherapy: This treatment helps the body’s immune system to find and attack cancer.
- Bone marrow transplant: This is one of the latest cancer treatment options which involves replacing damaged stem cells or bone marrow with healthy stem cells. For patients who want to get a bone marrow transplant, the bone marrow is usually harvested from the patient or from a relative donor, preferably a sibling.
When the bone marrow is taken from the patient, it is referred to as autologous, while in the case where it is harvested from a donor, it is known as an allogenic transplant. If an autologous bone marrow transplant is to be carried out, the bone marrow is harvested, frozen and stored before chemotherapy is administered, as high-dose chemotherapy or radiation destroys cancerous cells and can also destroy healthy cells.
Once chemotherapy is done, the stored bone marrow is injected back into the body to build healthy stem cells. Patients who go through a stem cell transplant are usually at a higher risk of infection, therefore, they should keep themselves as safe as possible by staying away from sick people or places that can make them sick.
Why should you go overseas for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Treatment?
International Medical Treatment Ltd (IMT) only partners with some of the best hospitals that offer high quality medical treatment including the treatment of all types of cancers like Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The following are some of the factors why you should consider travelling overseas for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma treatment:
- Advanced medical equipment: Some hospitals overseas have the most advanced medical diagnostic and treatment equipment that make diagnosis and treatment of complex conditions including cancers like Hodgkin’s Lymphoma far more effective. This equipment includes:
1. Image-guided Radiation Therapy: It provides more accuracy and precision in delivering radiation to cancerous tumours which is very important, especially because cancer tumours can move during treatment. This guided therapy makes it possible to carry out Intensity-Modulated Radiation.
2. Therapy which is a 3-dimensional treatment that helps to make radiation treatment more precise by conforming to the shape of an individual tumour. A computer is used to pinpoint the exact tumour location in the 3D images.
3. Cyberknife: This advanced radiosurgery device helps to treat cancer anywhere in the body offering precision and preventing damage to healthy tissues around the tumour.
4. PET/CT scan: It is one of today’s most efficient imaging systems in tumour detection. In some cases, it can be used to determine whether cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
5. da Vinci: This robotic surgery system enables a surgeon to operate through small incisions causing less bleeding and allowing for faster recovery and hence shorter hospital stays.
6. Spect CT: It uses images acquired from 2 different types of body scans taken at 180 and 360 degrees. The images are in a merged form providing more detailed information on the functions of different areas and organs of the body. It is also used in lymph node mapping and screening for lymph nodes involved in head and neck tumours, among other cancers.
- Wide range of specialists: Comprehensive and personalised treatment plans for cancer may require more than one specialist. Our partner hospitals have a wide range of specialists who work together to suggest the most appropriate treatment options for cancer patients.
- Quality Facilities: Aside from medical treatment equipment, the hospitals also offer quality facilities that complement your treatment process. Some of these facilities include the first automated laboratory at the Bumrungrad International Hospital that enables the hospital to carry out approximately 3 million tests every year. Other services include 24-hour room service, cable television and Wi-Fi which can make your stay at the hospital more homely and give you a better environment to undergo your treatment and recover.
- Accreditation: All IMT partner hospitals are Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited. This is the body mandated to give accreditations to hospitals that provide patients with high quality medical treatment that meets American standards.
- Shorter waiting times: As far as cancer treatment is concerned, timing is very crucial. There are higher chances of survival for patients who are diagnosed early and whose treatment is started before the cancer progresses further.
Contact IMT today to find out which of our partner hospitals would best suit your medical needs or to get a tailored treatment plan from one of our partner hospitals.