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Lymphoma and Myeloma

An experienced radiation oncology team at Johns Hopkins specializes in the treatment of lymphoma and myeloma. As part of a larger multidisciplinary oncology team that works together to diagnose and treat cancer, our team of radiation oncology specialists, including physicians, medical physicists, dosimetrists, nurses, and therapists, creates an individualized radiation therapy plan developed for a patient’s specific needs.

Lymphoma is a cancer that occurs in cells that are part of the body’s lymphatic system, also known as the immune system. It occurs when normal disease-fighting cells called lymphocytes undergo a transformation in which they grow and multiply uncontrollably. They may collect in the lymph nodes or other places to form a tumor. They can also spread through the lymphatic system to other parts of the body.

There are two primary types of lymphoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma (also known as Hodgkin’s disease) and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is far more commonly diagnosed than Hodgkin’s lymphoma,

Myeloma, also known as multiple myeloma, is a cancer of the plasma cells, a type of white blood cell. Myeloma occurs when cancerous plasma cells (myeloma cells) multiply more quickly than usual, increasing the number of plasma cells. When myeloma cells accumulate in the bones, they can crowd out normal cells and invade bone tissue, damaging and weakening bones.

Radiation treatments

Both lymphoma and myeloma are treated with radiation when needed. At Johns Hopkins, our radiation oncologists use external beam radiation includes 3D conformal radiation therapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), and image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT).

The safety and well being of our patients and their families are always the primary concern of every member of the radiation oncology team. We have developed a comprehensive safety program that is unique to Johns Hopkins. As an international leader in radiation safety, our standards for safety serve as an example for other academic and community-based radiation practices. Our safety program not only complies with state and national protocols, it goes well beyond those protocols by integrating innovative safety techniques developed by experts on our staff.

Through our clinical research, we offer our patients the most effective and safest therapies available, in addition to clinical trials that patients can choose to participate in.

To find out more about radiation oncology at Johns Hopkins, call 410-502-8000 or e-mail

The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center offers an overview of lymphoma and myeloma that includes treatment options.

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