Lymphoma

When you come to Winship Cancer Institute for lymphoma treatment, you have a multidisciplinary team of experts dedicated to your well-being.

As a lymphoma patient, you want to know you’re getting the full range of treatment options and the most current, targeted therapies available.  Winship is a leader in translating research breakthroughs into effective therapies for lymphoma patients and can offer you an individualized care plan that incorporates the best treatments available.

Our multidisciplinary lymphoma care teams include hematologists, pathologists, radiologists, advanced practice nurses, and oncology nurses who have decades of experience and can provide a comprehensive and coordinated approach to treating lymphoma.  As blood cancer experts, our care teams will determine your specific type of lymphoma and develop a treatment plan that targets your cancer most effectively.

Our multidisciplinary team approach offers a number of benefits to you, including:

Lymphoma is a cancer that occurs when your body’s white blood cells, called lymphocytes, begin behaving abnormally.

Lymphocytes help you fight infection and are part of your lymphatic, or immune system.  Lymphoma can affect any part of your lymphatic system, which is made up of lymphocytes, lymph nodes and vessels, the spleen and bone marrow.

The two main types of lymphoma are:

Hodgkin lymphoma: one of the most curable blood cancers, but less common than non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma: affects mostly adults and is one of the most common cancers in the U.S. There are many types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and it may be slow growing (indolent) or fast growing (aggressive).

Diagnosing your particular type of lymphoma is a crucial part of providing you with the right treatment. Diagnosis of lymphoma is done with a biopsy, which involves examination by a pathologist of tissue or cells obtained by removing all or part of a lymph node.

Staging determines the extent of spread of the disease. A complete staging workup may include a physical exam, blood work, CT and/or PET scans, bone marrow biopsy, and sometimes a lumbar puncture.

For patients with biopsies performed at outside facilities, the tissue samples are re-evaluated by Winship hematopathologists to confirm the diagnosis. Winship radiologists also may review CT and/or PET scans from outside facilities.

For reliable, in-depth information about cancer symptoms, staging and diagnosis, visit CancerQuest, an educational and outreach program at Emory University. 

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Depending on your diagnosis, the stage of your lymphoma and how your particular lymphoma developed, your treatment options may vary and may include:

Chemotherapy: Each type of lymphoma is sensitive to different combinations of chemotherapy, which may involve one or a combination of anticancer drugs that destroy cancer cells.

Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation: This treatment consists of destroying cancerous bone marrow cells using higher doses of chemotherapy and in some cases, radiotherapy, and then replacing them with healthy bone marrow or stem cells to help patients regain a new and healthy immune system. Winship has pioneered many advances in bone marrow transplant procedures and drugs.

Targeted therapy: the use of monoclonal antibodies provided the first targeted therapy for lymphoma. Several are now routinely used to treat lymphoma. 
Some forms of lymphoma may also be treated with one therapy or a combination of radiation therapy, biologic therapy, and even surgery, primarily to obtain a biopsy for diagnosis.

In addition to delivering the highest quality medical care, we recognize the importance of the psychological and emotional aspects of living with a cancer diagnosis and of dealing with treatment. Our supportive oncology team addresses these issues in a timely manner with additional support from counselorsnurse navigatorsdietitians and social service professionals.

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 Consider talking with your doctor about participating in a clinical trial at Winship. Through these trials, you may have access to treatments that are not widely available.

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If you have been diagnosed with lymphoma, we are ready to help you. Call us at 1 (888) 946-7447 or (404) 778-1900 to make an appointment or request an appointment online. Winship experts are available to provide a second opinion.

We understand that this is a very stressful time. We welcome your questions and requests for help. Here is more information to help familiarize you with Winship and give you and idea of what to expect on your first visit.

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Zaid Al-Kadhimi MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Zaid  Al-Kadhimi MD
Zaid Al-Kadhimi MD

Zaid Al-Kadhimi MD

  • Dr. Al-Kadhimi specializes in the treatment of leukemia, lymphoma, myelodysplastic syndrome and other blood cancers, and is a part of the team at the Blood Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center at Winship.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology , Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Martha Arellano MD

  • Hematologist
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                                 Martha  Arellano  MD
Martha Arellano MD

Martha Arellano MD

  • Dr. Arellano is a key member of the patient care team at Winship specializing in treatment of leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and myelodysplastic syndromes.
  • Associate Program Director of the Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship Training Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Wendy Baer MD

  • Oncology Psychiatrist
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                                 Wendy Baer MD
Wendy Baer MD

Wendy Baer MD

  • Dr. Baer helps patients and their families deal with the stress of receiving a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment.
  • Medical Director of Psychiatric Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD
Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

Imre Bodó MD, PhD

  • Hematologist
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                                 Imre Bodó MD, PhD
Imre Bodó MD, PhD

Imre Bodó MD, PhD

Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD
Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD

Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD

Michael Brown PA

  • Physician Assistant
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                                 Michael Brown PA
Michael Brown PA

Michael Brown PA

Elizabeth Butker MS, DABR

  • Team Member
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                                 Elizabeth Butker MS, DABR
Elizabeth Butker MS, DABR

Elizabeth Butker MS, DABR

Daniela Casbourne FNP-C, AOCNP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Daniela  Casbourne  FNP-C, AOCNP
Daniela Casbourne FNP-C, AOCNP

Daniela Casbourne FNP-C, AOCNP

Jonathon B. Cohen MD, MS

  • Medical Oncologist
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Jonathon B. Cohen MD, MS

Jonathon B. Cohen MD, MS

  • Dr. Cohen's clinical focus is on the treatment of Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, where he manages both newly diagnosed patients as well as those requiring stem cell transplantation and treatment for relapsed disease.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Hillary G. Cohen LCSW, CTS, DVC (III)

  • Social Worker
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                                 Hillary G. Cohen LCSW, CTS, DVC (III)
Hillary G. Cohen LCSW, CTS, DVC (III)

Hillary G. Cohen LCSW, CTS, DVC (III)

Kimberly A. Curseen MD

  • Supportive Oncologist
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                                 Kimberly A. Curseen MD
Kimberly A. Curseen MD

Kimberly A. Curseen MD

  • Board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care, Dr. Curseen is the primary provider for the Supportive Oncology Clinic at Winship.
  • Director of Supportive and Palliative Care Outpatient Services , Emory Healthcare
  • (404) 778-6448

Natia Esiashvili MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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                                 Natia Esiashvili MD
Natia Esiashvili MD

Natia Esiashvili MD

  • Dr. Esiashvili specializes in the treatment of complex pediatric cancers and hematological malignancies in adults.
  • Associate Professor and Chief Quality Officer, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3473

Christopher R. Flowers MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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Christopher R. Flowers MD

Christopher R. Flowers MD

Manila Gaddh MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Manila Gaddh MD
Manila Gaddh MD

Manila Gaddh MD

  • Dr. Gaddh specializes in the treatment of leukemia, lymphoma, bone marrow failure syndromes and thrombotic disorders.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Joan Giblin NP

  • Survivorship Program
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                                 Joan  Giblin NP
Joan Giblin NP

Joan Giblin NP

  • An experienced nurse practitioner specialist with extensive patient care involvement, Ms. Giblin facilitates continued good health and quality of life for cancer survivors.
  • Survivorship Program Director, Winship Cancer Institute
  • (404) 778-1900

Charise Gleason MSN, NP-BC, AOCNP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Charise Gleason MSN, NP-BC, AOCNP
Charise Gleason MSN, NP-BC, AOCNP

Charise Gleason MSN, NP-BC, AOCNP

  • As a nurse practitioner, Ms. Gleason works with patients with multiple myeloma and graft versus host disease and is a team member of the Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center at Winship.
  • Nurse Practitioner, Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Leonard T. Heffner Jr. MD

  • Hematologist
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Leonard T. Heffner Jr. MD

Leonard T. Heffner Jr. MD

  • Dr. Heffner's clinical interests include bone marrow transplant, Hodgkin's disease, leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and Waldenström's macroglobulinemia.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Auldyn Hirschey NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Auldyn Hirschey NP
Auldyn Hirschey NP

Auldyn Hirschey NP

Stacie Holloway RN, BSN, OCN

  • Nurse Navigator
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                                 Stacie Holloway RN, BSN, OCN
Stacie Holloway RN, BSN, OCN

Stacie Holloway RN, BSN, OCN

  • Ms. Holloway is the lead nurse navigator at Winship and she works with the hematology team assisting patients treated for blood cancer and blood disorders.
  • Hematology Nurse Navigator, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

David L. Jaye MD

  • Hematopathologist
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David L. Jaye MD

David L. Jaye MD

  • Dr. Jaye is an attending pathologist with an extensive research background.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 712-5867

Paul Johnson MSN, FNP-BC

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Paul Johnson  MSN, FNP-BC
Paul Johnson MSN, FNP-BC

Paul Johnson MSN, FNP-BC

Jonathan L. Kaufman MD

  • Hematologist
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                                 Jonathan L. Kaufman MD
Jonathan L. Kaufman MD

Jonathan L. Kaufman MD

  • Dr. Kaufman's practice includes treating lymphoma and multiple myeloma patients at Emory University Hospital and Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital.
  • Medical Director of the Ambulatory Infusion Centers, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Mohammad K. Khan MD, PhD, DABR

  • Radiation Oncologist
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                                 Mohammad K. Khan MD, PhD, DABR
Mohammad K. Khan MD, PhD, DABR

Mohammad K. Khan MD, PhD, DABR

  • Dr. Khan specializes in lymphoma, leukemia, multiple myeloma, skin (melanoma, squamous cell, basal cell, merkel cell), and pediatric cancers.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3473

H. Jean Khoury MD

  • Hematologist
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H. Jean Khoury MD

H. Jean Khoury MD

Nassoma King PA

  • Physician Assistant
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Nassoma King PA

Nassoma King PA

Amelia A. Langston MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Amelia A. Langston MD
Amelia A. Langston MD

Amelia A. Langston MD

  • A bone marrow transplant specialist, Dr. Langston treats patients with leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome and other blood cancers.
  • Medical Director and Section Chief, Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Mary Jo Lechowicz MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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Mary Jo Lechowicz MD

Mary Jo Lechowicz MD

  • Dr. Lechowicz is the primary investigator for a number of trials at Emory University with regard to improvement of care in lymphoma, particularly related to transplantation and patients with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Celia Lett NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Celia Lett NP
Celia Lett NP

Celia Lett NP

Colleen Lewis NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Colleen Lewis NP
Colleen Lewis NP

Colleen Lewis NP

Shiyong Li MD, PhD, FASCP

  • Hematopathologist
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                                 Shiyong Li MD, PhD, FASCP
Shiyong Li MD, PhD, FASCP

Shiyong Li MD, PhD, FASCP

  • Dr. Li is a board certified pathologist interested in the development of new diagnostic techniques in hematopathology.
  • Director, Flow Cytometry Laboratory, Emory Medical Laboratory, Emory University Hospital
  • (404) 712-5867

Karen P. Mann MD, PhD

  • Hematopathologist
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                                 Karen P. Mann MD, PhD
Karen P. Mann MD, PhD

Karen P. Mann MD, PhD

Joy McCall LCSW

  • Social Worker
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                                 Joy  McCall LCSW
Joy McCall LCSW

Joy McCall LCSW

  • Located at the Winship Cancer Institute, Ms. McCall works with the Bone Marrow Transplant Center, hematology and gynecologic cancer teams and their patients.
  • Social Worker, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-5899

Alice Mullins LCSW

  • Social Worker
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                                 Alice Mullins LCSW
Alice Mullins LCSW

Alice Mullins LCSW

  • A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Ms. Mullins specializes in assisting patients affected by hematologic malignancies and with those undergoing bone marrow transplantation.
  • Social Worker, Hematology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-5559

Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

  • Social Worker
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                                 Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

  • At Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Ms. Perlmutter works with patients of all cancer types providing resource referrals and counseling services.
  • Social Worker, Outpatient Oncology, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
  • (678) 843-7826

Satyanarayan K. Reddy MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Satyanarayan K. Reddy MD
Satyanarayan K. Reddy MD

Satyanarayan K. Reddy MD

Melanie Simon NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Melanie Simon NP
Melanie Simon NP

Melanie Simon NP

William Torres MD, FACR

  • Radiologist
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                                 William Torres MD, FACR
William Torres MD, FACR

William Torres MD, FACR

  • Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs of Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Torres is a well-known abdominal radiologist with research focuses in gastrointestinal diseases and their diagnoses.
  • Chief, Department of Radiology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Edmund K. Waller MD, PhD, FACP

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Edmund K. Waller MD, PhD, FACP
Edmund K. Waller MD, PhD, FACP

Edmund K. Waller MD, PhD, FACP

  • Dr. Waller specializes in bone marrow transplants for acute leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, myeloproliferative neoplasms, lymphoma, aplastic anemia, sickle cell disease and in the management of graft-versus-host disease.
  • Director, Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Linsheng Zhang MD, PhD

  • Hematopathologist
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                                 Linsheng Zhang MD, PhD
Linsheng Zhang MD, PhD

Linsheng Zhang MD, PhD

  • Dr. Zhang's specializes in diagnostic hematopathology integrating morphologic examination, flow cytometric immunophenotyping, cytogenetics, FISH, and microarray studies; and molecular diagnosis of solid tumors.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 712-5867