Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Symptoms and treatments for one of the most curable forms of cancer.

Hodgkin’s lymphoma affects white blood cells known as lymphocytes, which are part of the immune system. It’s distinguished from Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma by the presence of Reed-Sternberg cells -- a large abnormal type of cell.

Hodgkin’s lymphoma is one of the most curable cancers, with a five-year survival rate of 86 percent. It commonly strikes young adults (ages 15 to 40) and adults older than 55.

Symptoms of Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Hodgkin’s lymphoma can start almost anywhere, but often starts in the lymph nodes in the upper part of the body. The most common early sign of Hodgkin’s lymphoma is painless swelling of lymph nodes in the neck or chest.

Along with swollen lymph nodes, other symptoms may include:

  • Enlarged spleen
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unexplained weight loss

How we treat Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Your doctor will recommend a treatment plan based on the subtype of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, its stage (how advanced the disease is), your medical history, and preferences.

Your doctor may recommend one or more of the following:

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