Your team of doctors, called a multidisciplinary team (MDT), will care for and treat your child, and will ensure that all your child’s needs are considered while they have cancer treatment. The section called The treatment team has further information about this.

Treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma depends on:

  • the age of your child
  • the stage or extent of the cancer
  • the sub-type of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • other factors.

Doctors will suggest treatments based on your child’s situation. Treatment may involve one or more of the following:

  • surgery
  • chemotherapy
  • radiation therapy
  • targeted therapy
  • stem cell transplant
  • Immunotherapy



Generally, surgery is not used to treat non-Hodgkin lymphoma. However, surgery may be used to remove tumours in certain types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  

Your child might have surgery to insert a venous access device into a large blood vessel, usually in their chest or upper arm. This is also called a central venous catheter, portacath or central venous line. This device is a small plastic tube that either sticks out of the body or sits just under the skin. It allows medicines, including chemotherapy, to be given intravenously. Your doctor can also take blood samples for testing.

See How is cancer treated - surgery for more detail about cancer surgery.