Medical oncologist Steven Horwitz discusses advances in the diagnosis, staging, and treatment of lymphoma, with an emphasis on non-Hodgkin lymphoma, during a Web chat in November 2013.
His presentation includes information about the incidence and molecular features of this group of diseases and stresses the importance of obtaining a good biopsy for an accurate diagnosis. Dr. Horwitz also explains how pathologists can use genetic information unique to the lymphoma tissue obtained during a biopsy to inform prognosis and help oncologists select the most-effective treatments for patients.
In addition, Dr. Horwitz highlights standard therapies that can be used alone or in combination — such as chemotherapy, radiation, and immunotherapy — and that result in cure and remission in many patients. He also mentions a number of new drugs being studied in clinical trials for people with lymphoma.