Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with follicular lymphoma?

Updated: Mar 03, 2020
  • Author: Lauren C Pinter-Brown, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Radiation therapy with curative intent should be used in patients with stage I disease, and although this represents a minority of cases of follicular lymphoma, one may seek consultation with a radiation oncologist. Radiation therapy also can be used to treat localized or bulky lymphadenopathy that is causing obstruction or when a more urgent response is desired to relieve obstruction. Radiation therapy is usually tolerated well, and in many instances can spare the patient the need for additional chemotherapy. The radiation oncologist is also involved in the care of patients receiving radioimmunotherapy.

It is recommended that surgeons consult with pathologists before obtaining biopsy specimens to discuss the proper handling of the specimen and the special tests required.


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