Patient Comments: Hodgkin's Disease - Diagnosis

What types of tests and exams led to a diagnosis of Hodgkin's disease?

Comment from: Mike, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: April 08

I had a large hard lump on the left side of neck. My primary care doctor felt other smaller lymph nodes along my collarbone and referred me to a surgeon for a biopsy. The biopsy results were classic Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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Comment from: chelle, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 05

My son was 10 years old when he was wrestling around and mentioned that his neck hurt. We could feel a huge lump (6 inches long by 3 inches wide) on the left side of his neck. We took him to the doctor who told me it was a growth. He had a biopsy and they called the next day and said it was Hodgkin's disease. He went for 7 months of chemotherapy and 12 weeks of radiation. He's been cacner-free for 18 months now!

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Comment from: boris, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I am currently going through chemo (ABVD) for stage II Hodgkin's Lymphoma. My symptoms started as extreme itching and little bumps on my skin. I saw 6 dermatologists who just kept giving me creams for the itching. This lasted for close to a year. I then developed severe lower back pain and my stomach started to protrude, as if I were pregnant, which I wasn't. It was only after this last symptom that I was finally given a CT scan and told that I had cancer.

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Comment from: Chuck77, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 16

I had been dealing with extreme fatigue for about 6 months. I was having real bad chest pains and went to the E.R. thinking that I was having a heart attack. They found that I had fluid built up around my heart and also noticed some enlarged lymph nodes in my neck/collarbone area. I had surgery to remove the fluid from my heart and they did a Biopsy also which came back positive for Hodgkins Lymphoma.

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Comment from: 201.90, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: June 02

I thought I had bronchitis for a few months with uncontrolled coughing and a constant pressure on my chest. After antibiotics didn't help, a chest x-ray was given and that's when they found the tumors. I had a swollen lymph gland behind my collar bone and night sweats. I was diagnosed with stage 3b HL in December. 6 months of AVBD took away mostly everything, but now I have to get a stem cell transplant and higher dose chemo because they're not responding to treatment.

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Comment from: 4everthankful, 55-64 Female Published: February 14

In 1992, I had a persistent cough for over 3 months and eventually became extremely fatigued and itchy. Every now and then I would run a low-grade fever. Doctors prescribed antibiotics and cough medicine which were useless. Then I became short of breath. My husband took me to the ER at the local hospital here X-ray revealed a large mass in my chest. After CT-scan, biopsy and blood tests. I was diagnosed with stage IIB HL. I was treated with ABVD for 6 months followed by radiation. I have been in remission almost 20 years.

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