Hodgkin lymphoma disease is a form of cancer and is also known as Hodgkin's disease. Here there is too much of growth in the lymphatic system and it tends to spread rapidly. In the long run it hampers your body’s potential to fight infections. Excessive loss of weight, persistent fatigue, swelling in nodes of armpits, neck, etc. are the common 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?
Treatment for HD typically depends on the stage of the disease. The main treatment options are chemotherapy and radiation. Radiation therapy uses high-energy beams of radiation to destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy involves the use of medications that can kill cancer cells. A stem cell transplant may also be used in certain cases.
DID YOU KNOW?
Treatments for HD can have long-term side effects and can increase risk of developing other serious medical conditions. Radiation to the chest can increase risk of:
• Breast cancer
• Lung cancer
• Heart disease
• High cholesterol