Lymphomas are cancers of the immune system, located in the lymph nodes. The majority of individuals treated with traditional radiation therapy – usually children and young adults – are cured.
Lymphomas in Children Often Aggressive
Intermediate and high-risk lymphomas, which are quick to spread but typically respond well to treatment that is intensive, are more common in children
Lymph System Filters Fluid in Tissues
The lymph systems is a network of nodes and vessels that remove bacteria from lymph fluid and produce antibodies that actively fight disease.
Symptoms of childhood lymphoma may include:
- Painless swelling of lymph nodes
- Excessive night sweats
- Loss of appetite
- Unexplained weight loss
If one or more of these symptoms occur, see your doctor.
Physicians may complete a lymph node biopsy in order to diagnose lymphomas. This involves removing a piece of the lymph node for examination. Various imaging tests may be used as well, including x-rays, ultrasounds and computerized tomography (CT) scans, among others.
With traditional treatments, children often experience significant side effects, including secondary cancers later in life, such as breast cancer. With pencil beam capabilities that precisely target treatment areas, proton therapy is a treatment method less likely to lead to significant side effects, such as heart disease and secondary cancers, when compared to traditional radiation methods. Less healthy tissue is exposed to radiation, allowing physicians to successfully treat the cancerous cells and reducing the likelihood of secondary cancers.