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What is Hodgkin's lymphoma?

Hodgkin lymphoma starts in the lymph system, usually in a lymph node. The disease may be found because of a swollen lymph node in the neck, chest, or other areas.

The disease begins when a lymphocyte (almost always a B cell) becomes abnormal. The abnormal cell divides to make copies of itself. The copies keep dividing, making more abnormal cells that build up.

When white blood cells collect around the abnormal cells, the lymph node that contains abnormal cells becomes swollen. Abnormal cells may spread through the lymph vessels or blood vessels to other parts of the body.

Although normal cells die when they get old or damaged, abnormal cells don't die. Also unlike normal cells, abnormal cells can't help the body fight infections.

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Comment from: Nigel, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 22

My wife had Hodgkin's Lymphoma when she was 16, I was 17 then. She had her spleen removed and had 6 months of intense radiotherapy from nose to knees. I was then diagnosed with Hodgkin's 10 years later, my spleen was removed and I too had 6 months radiotherapy, had a recurrence after 5 years on, so was given 6 months chemotherapy. I am now 55 years old, and we are both alive and well with three lovely children; I mention them because it was said that we would probably not be able to have children due to our past treatment. It has not been plain sailing as both have had medical issues due to the radiotherapy treatment and both ending up with hormone replacement problems after treatment, but very happy and grateful for our present extended lives.

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Comment from: MaryP, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 23

I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma at the age of 49. I had chemotherapy for 5 months and radiation for 3 months. My primary care physician (PCP) didn't know what was wrong with me so, when I went to the eye doctor he said I needed to have an MRI of my entire spine. There they found the tumor on the left hand side of my chest. I had two biopsies with no medication. I had the bone marrow biopsies on the left and right hip with no medication. Life was awful with cancer and medical treatment. It's been 10 years and I'm still here.

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