Treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Your treatment depends on several factors. These include what type of NHL you have and where it has spread to (the stage). It also depends on how fast it is growing (the grade) and your general health. 

Treatment might include chemotherapy, targeted and immunotherapy drugs, steroids, radiotherapy and a stem cell transplant.

Your treatment depends on what type of NHL you have. If you know what type you have, you can read more about your treatment by selecting your type from the 'types of NHL' menu page. 

Treatment options for non-Hodgkin lymphoma

The main treatment options for NHL are chemotherapy, targeted cancer drugs, steroids, radiotherapy and stem cell transplant.

Chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Chemotherapy uses anti cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells. You might have a combination of different chemotherapy drugs. 

Targeted cancer drugs for non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Targeted cancer drugs work by ‘targeting’ the differences that help a cancer cell grow and survive. Rituximab is a common targeted drug for NHL.

CAR T-cell therapy

You might hear CAR T-cell therapy called a type of adoptive cell transfer. It's a possible treatment for some children with leukaemia and some adults with lymphoma. 

Radiotherapy for non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Radiotherapy uses high energy rays to kill cancer cells. You might have it as part of your NHL treatment.


High dose chemotherapy damages the stem cells that make blood cells in the bone marrow. So after this intensive treatment you have a stem cell or bone marrow transplant to replace the cells.


Surgery isn’t often used as to treat non-Hodgkin lymphoma. See when you might have it and what to expect at the hospital. 

Follow up

Find out about follow up appointments and tests after treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. 

If your non-Hodgkin lymphoma comes back

Find out about treatment if your lymphoma comes back after treatment.

Last reviewed: 
02 May 2024
Next review due: 
02 May 2027