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VCU Massey Cancer Center


Long-term outlook for a child with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Prognosis greatly depends on:

  • Extent of the disease.
  • Presence or absence of metastasis. 
  • Response to therapy.
  • Age and overall health of your child. 
  • Your child’s tolerance of specific medications, procedures or therapies. 
  • New developments in treatment.

As with any cancer, prognosis and long-term survival can vary greatly from child to child. Every child is unique and treatment and prognosis is structured around the child. Prompt medical attention and aggressive therapy are important for the best prognosis. Continuous follow-up care is essential for the child diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Side effects of radiation and chemotherapy, as well as second malignancies, can occur in survivors of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. New methods are continually being discovered to improve treatment and to decrease side effects.