November 27, 2015
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Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Hodgkin's lymphoma facts*

*Hodgkin's lymphoma facts medical author: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

  • Hodgkin's lymphoma is a type of lymphoma (cancer of the lymphatic system).
  • The most common symptom of Hodgkin's lymphoma is a painless swelling in the lymph nodes in the neck, underarm, or groin.
  • Some of those affected have other symptoms like fever, night sweats, fatigue, itching, or weakness.
  • Hodgkin's lymphoma is most common among teens and adults aged 15 to 35 years and adults aged 55 years and older.
  • Risk factors may include a weakened immune system, HIV or EBV infection, and a family history of the disease.
  • Hodgkin's lymphoma is diagnosed when abnormal tissue is detected by a pathologist after a biopsy of an enlarged lymph node.
  • The abnormal cells in Hodgkin's lymphoma are called Reed-Sternberg cells.
  • Staging of Hodgkin's lymphoma refers to the extent of spread of the abnormal cells within the body.
  • Imaging studies such as CT scanning, MRI, or PET scanning may be done to determine the stage of Hodgkin's lymphoma.
  • Treatment of Hodgkin's lymphoma depends on the symptoms, stage and location of disease, as well as the age and health of the patient.
  • Treatment of Hodgkin's lymphoma usually includes radiation therapy or chemotherapy.
  • Regular follow-up examinations are important after treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma. Patients treated for Hodgkin's lymphoma have an increased risk of developing other types of cancer later in life, especially leukemia.


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