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Potential Side Effects from Monoclonal Antibody Treatment for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Side effects following this treatment are usually mild. They may include ones such as these.

  • Fatigue or feeling tired

  • Flulike symptoms, such as fever, chills, and nausea

  • Headache

  • Rashes

  • Swelling

In rare cases, people may have more serious allergic reactions during the IV infusion (especially during the first one).

Some monoclonal antibodies, especially those that have radioactive molecules attached to them, are more likely to affect the bone marrow. This can lead to low white blood cell counts (which increases the risk of infection) and low blood platelet counts (which increases the risk of bruising and bleeding).