Each lymphoma is unique; some are more aggressive than others. The physician will "grade" the cancer based on its apparent aggressiveness. This information, along with the type and location(s) of the lymphoma, are used to guide treatment. The ultimate goal of treatment is to cure the affected person. When a cure is not possible, the goals are to put the lymphoma into remission for as long as possible, slow it down, relieve symptoms, and to minimize and address complications.
Lymphoma treatment often uses combinations of cancer chemotherapy with or without radiation therapy. For some cases, high dose chemotherapy followed by stem cell transplantation may be used. Prognosis depends on the stage and grade of the disease and the general health of the person. All people diagnosed with lymphoma, even those whose lymphoma has been "cured" or put into remission, must be monitored for the rest of their lives. Many never experience lymphoma again but in others, it may recur years after the first incidence.