RITUXAN therapy

Living with follicular lymphoma is a journey

Follicular lymphoma is the most common type of indolent (slow-growing) NHL. It makes up 20% of all NHL cases. Patients with follicular lymphoma often will notice an area of painless swelling on the body, such as on the neck, underarm or groin.

As a slow-growing type of NHL, follicular lymphoma does not always require immediate treatment.

You may not have any obvious symptoms of follicular lymphoma when you are diagnosed. When this is the case, your doctor may decide it’s best to just keep an eye on your health. This is called watch and wait.

When treatment is needed, your healthcare team will work with you to find treatment options. Some of the goals of treatment for follicular lymphoma are to:

  • Relieve symptoms
  • Keep the disease from advancing
  • Get the disease into remission

Ultimately, you will want to try to get your cancer into remission. After a while, follicular lymphoma usually returns.

Your doctor may decide to prescribe RITUXAN® (rituximab).

For previously treated follicular lymphoma, RITUXAN is used in 2 ways:

  1. Initial treatment: get to remission
    RITUXAN is used in combination with chemotherapy. If treatment results in partial or complete remission, RITUXAN may be used as maintenance therapy.
  2. Maintenance therapy: stay in remission
    The goal of maintenance therapy is to help keep the disease in remission for a longer period of time. RITUXAN is used alone, without chemotherapy, during maintenance therapy.


RITUXAN is available by prescription only.