Immunotherapy can boost the body’s immune system to fight cancer in people with NHL. In addition to fighting cancer, immunotherapy drugs can minimize some of chemotherapy’s side effects, including nausea and fatigue.
These medications are often called guided missiles. They specifically target cancer cells. Other chemotherapy medications can harm healthy cells that multiply quickly, such as hair cells.
Immunotherapy medications that treat NHL include:
- immune modulators, including thalidomide (Thalomid) and lenalidomide (Revlimid)
- monoclonal antibodies, such as rituximab (Rituxan)
- proteasome inhibitors, such as bortezomib (Velcade)
- small molecule treatments, such as panobinostat (Farydak)
A doctor may prescribe these or other treatments, depending upon the person’s NHL type.