Hodgkin’s Disease

Hodgkin's Disease

 

Hodgkin’s disease represents approximately eight percent of all lymphomas, and is considered one of the most curable forms of cancer. The five-year survival rate is 81percent today; the survival rate in 1960 was only 40 percent. Learn more >

Lymph node close upHodgkin’s lymphoma, is a cancer that develops in the lymph system, part of the body’s immune system.

 
Mario Lemieux Foundation - Hodgkin's Disease - Symptoms

Symptoms

There are two kinds of lymphomas: non-Hodgkin’s and Hodgkin’s. Both types of lymphoma have similar symptoms and characteristics, which include swollen lymph nodes, fever, night sweats, weight loss.

 
Mario Lemieux Foundation - Hodgkin's Disease - Diagnosis

Diagnosis

To diagnose which type of lymphoma you may have, your physician may order a blood test. A pathologist will view the blood sample under a microscope to determine which white cells are behaving abnormally. Hodgkin’s lymphoma is distinguished by the presence of abnormal white blood cells called Reed-Sternberg cells.

 

Treatment options for Hodgkin’s lymphoma include:

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