Hodgkin lymphoma is a kind of blood cancer that begins with the lymphatic system. Hence, the condition carried this name. The disorder is related to the white blood cells which help the immune system in the body in fighting infections and germs. The cause of this condition could be cell mutations. The most common symptom is the formation of lumps below the skin called lymph nodes. Night sweats, fever and itchy skin are some other symptoms.
HOW IS HODGKIN LYMPHOMA DIAGNOSED?
The doctor will perform a physical exam and ask about medical history. The doctor will also order certain tests to make a proper diagnosis. The following tests may be done:
• Imaging tests, such as X-rays or CT scans
• Lymph node biopsy
• Blood tests, such as a complete blood count (CBC), to measure levels of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets
• Lung function tests
• Bone marrow biopsy
HOW IS HODGKIN LYMPHOMA TREATED?
The treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma would follow the course for any cancer treatment, including chemotherapy and radiation therapy. But the number of sessions and the intensity will depend on the stage of the cancer. Only as a final resort, stem cell transplant surgery is recommended.
DID YOU KNOW?
Any lymph swelling should not be ignored if it persists for more than a month because it is a potential sign of cancer.