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Hodgkin's lymphoma facts*
*Hodgkin's lymphoma facts medical author: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Hodgkin's lymphoma is a type of lymphoma (cancer of the lymphatic system).
The most common symptom of Hodgkin's lymphoma is a painless swelling in the lymph nodes in the neck, underarm, or groin.
Some of those affected have other symptoms like fever, night sweats, fatigue, itching, or weakness.
Hodgkin's lymphoma is most common among teens and adults aged 15 to 35 years and adults aged 55 years and older.
Risk factors may include a weakened immune system, HIV or EBV infection, and a family history of the disease.
Hodgkin's lymphoma is diagnosed when abnormal tissue is detected by a pathologist after a biopsy of an enlarged lymph node.
The abnormal cells in Hodgkin's lymphoma are called Reed-Sternberg cells.
Staging of Hodgkin's lymphoma refers to the extent of spread of the abnormal cells within the body.
Imaging studies such as CT scanning, MRI, or PET scanning may be done to determine the stage of Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Treatment of Hodgkin's lymphoma depends on the symptoms, stage and location of disease, as well as the age and health of the patient.
Treatment of Hodgkin's lymphoma usually includes radiation therapy or chemotherapy.
Regular follow-up examinations are important after treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma. Patients treated for Hodgkin's lymphoma have an increased risk of developing other types of cancer later in life, especially leukemia.