Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Alternative Names

Lymphoma – Hodgkin’s; Hodgkin’s disease; Cancer – Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Definition of Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer of lymph tissue found in the lymph nodes, spleen, liver, bone marrow, and other sites.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

The first sign of this cancer is often an enlarged lymph node which appears without a known cause. The disease can spread to nearby lymph nodes. Later it may spread to the spleen, liver, bone marrow, or other organs.

Signs and tests

The disease may be diagnosed after:

Treatment

Treatment primarily depends on the following:

Expectations (prognosis)

Hodgkin’s disease is considered one of the most curable forms of cancer, especially if it is diagnosed and treated early. Unlike other cancers, Hodgkin’s disease is often very curable even in late stages.

Review

David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc., and Yi-Bin Chen, MD, Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Massachusetts General Hospital. – 3/2/2010

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Lymphoma, malignant - CT scan
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