Lymphoma is a type of cancer that begins in cells that are part of the body's immune system, which helps fight disease. There are several types of lymphoma. One type is called Hodgkin disease, or Hodgkin lymphoma, which starts in white blood cells called lymphocytes. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma begins in other types of immune system cells. Most lymphomas begin when T cells or B cells, which are types of white blood cells that fight infection and other threats to the body, become abnormal and divide. These cells can spread to other parts of the body. Lymphoma can occur in children and adults; treatment depends on the stage and type.
UAB Medicine recently launched a dedicated Lymphoma Program within the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB to merge the expertise of a variety of specialists. A joint effort between the Department of Hematology/Oncology and the Department of Medicine, the lymphoma program offers the absolute latest in medical technology for treating and screening for the various kinds of lymphoma. The program also actively participates in clinical trials of promising new lymphoma treatments, including some that are not available at other medical centers.
The Lymphoma Program’s interdisciplinary team includes nationally known physicians who are experts in hematology, medical oncology, bone marrow transplant, hematopathology, radiation oncology, integrative medicine, surgical oncology, and survivorship. The program’s research team is dedicated to improving treatments and finding a cure for Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other blood disorders and cancers in adults, including myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), which are a group of disorders that prevent bone marrow from producing enough healthy blood cells.
Because UAB is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), we are involved in the development of national practice guidelines for lymphoma treatment. We are a regional center of excellence, and thanks to our active research program, we often can help patients enroll in clinical trials. Some of these treatments may even be offered at our convenient neighborhood health center on Acton Road off I-459. UAB also offers a broad array of supplemental resources for lymphoma patients, including the Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic.
UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.View Clinical Trials
- Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic
Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic
The Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic takes an interdisciplinary approach to caring for patients with serious illnesses, whether they are in active treatment or have completed treatment. Our goal is to help patients fulfill their maximum physical, emotional, spiritual, vocational, and social potential.
The health professionals at the Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic help patients manage the side effects associated with cancer. Referrals to the Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic can be made by any treating physician or nurse or by patient self-referral. A broad range of insurance is accepted.
Patient appointment scheduling is flexible and based on patient needs and other concurrent treatments. Clinic sessions are held Wednesday and Friday mornings with palliative care physicians and fellows. A physician assistant is available Monday through Friday.
Physicians and physician assistants have special expertise in complex symptom management including depression, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, loss of appetite, pain syndromes, and others.
Nurses support patients by facilitating the clinic sessions as well as managing communication with patients. They are the front line of patient care.
Physical therapists develop individualized programs for each patient to help with coordination, balance, strength, endurance, flexibility, or range of motion. Counselors are experienced in structuring counseling sessions to meet the specific needs of each person. Individual, couple, and family sessions are available.
Nutritionists have expertise in nutrition for patients with serious illnesses.
Massage therapists are trained in all types of massage, including oncology massage, which is a specialized approach that supports the body's health before, during, and after treatment for cancer.
Our clinic is an active teaching environment with fellows, residents, and students in both medicine and nursing participating in patient care.
The UAB Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic is located on the 3rd floor of The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital.
Patients can request an appointment online or by calling UAB Healthfinder at 205.934.9999 or 800.822.8816.