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Lymphoma-Hodgkin Cancer

Definition

A cancer of the immune system that is marked by the presence of a type of cell called the Reed-Sternberg cell. The two major types of Hodgkin lymphoma are classic Hodgkin lymphoma and nodular lymphocyte-predominant Hodgkin lymphoma. Signs and symptoms include painless, swollen lymph nodes, an enlarged spleen, fever, weight loss, fatigue, and night sweats. Also called Hodgkin disease.

Lymphoma is cancer that begins in infection-fighting cells of the immune system, called lymphocytes. These cells are in the lymph nodes, spleen, thymus, bone marrow, and other parts of the body. When you have lymphoma, lymphocytes change and grow out of control.

Treatments*

Hodgkin’s lymphoma is treated with radiation, surgery, chemotherapy and immunotherapy. Which treatment may be appropriate for you depends on the stage and extent of your disease and other factors. Your multidisciplinary team of cancer experts will answer your questions and recommend treatment options based on your unique diagnosis and needs.

Treatments may include: active surveillance; chemotherapy, radiation; bone marrow transplant.

Side Effects*

Each type of treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) has side effects that could last for months or longer. And there are some that might not show up until long after treatment has ended. Some side effects, like loss of fertility (ability to have children), heart damage, second cancer types, and low thyroid hormones, can be permanent.

Common side effects may include: anemia; low platelets; low white blood cells; risk of infection; nausea & vomiting; bowel problems; chemo brain; and fatigue.

Tips and Tricks

I started going to a local support group after I was done with treatment. I found that after treatment was done my anxiety was at an all time high.  Going to a support group each week took some of that anxiety away as you meet others struggling with those same worries. I also found writing about each step of my journey was a great resource for me to release some of the built up emotions I was having.
Mackenzie-Survivor

Additional Resources

  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)
    800‑955‑4572, lls.org
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Co-Pay Assistance Program
    877‑557‑2672, lls.org/copay

The information contained in the Treatments and Side Effects sections are for informational purposes only. As with any cancer type, treatments and side effects can differ by patient. Please consult your oncologist for the specific treatments and side effects for your specific cancer.

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