FL is not curable, but can be managed over time. Or you may need treatment again because the disease has advanced (relapse). As a result, the goals of treatment are to relieve symptoms, stop the cancer from getting worse, or achieve remission.
- When you don’t have symptoms, close monitoring is usually preferred over treatment. This is often referred to as "watch and wait"
- When symptoms appear or worsen, treatment aims to stop the FL from progressing
FL can be treated in a number of ways, including antibody therapy and/or chemotherapy. Often, doctors will combine the 2 types of treatment.
- Your symptoms
- The size of your lymph nodes, liver, or spleen
- Your blood count measures
Treatments may vary from patient to patient. And when you've been treated before, remember that your response may not be as good the second time around. Still, it is important to understand what options are available and to discuss your treatment goals with your doctor.