What should I ask my doctor about treatment if I am diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease?

Here are some questions you may want to ask: What are the expected benefits of treatment? Would a clinical trial be appropriate for me? What are the risks and possible side effects of treatment? Will treatment affect my fertility? Can I keep working during treatment? Will I have to change my normal activities? How often will I need checkups? Your doctor is the best person to give advice about working or limiting other activities, but it may be hard for some people to talk to the doctor about their feelings ...

What are the side effects of Hodgkin’s disease treatment?

The methods used to treat Hodgkin's disease are very powerful. The treatment often causes side effects, both short-term and permanent. Side effects depend on the type of treatment and on the part of the body being treated. Also, each patient may respond differently. During radiation therapy, patients may become unusually tired as therapy continues. Testing as much as possible is important. Skin reactions (redness or dryness) in the area being treated are also common. Patients should be gentle with the treat...

How is Hodgkin’s disease treated?

Treatment for Hodgkin's disease usually includes radiation therapy or chemotherapy. Sometimes, both are given. Treatment decisions depend on the stage of disease, its location in the body, which symptoms are present, and the general health and age of the patient. (Treatment of children with Hodgkin's disease is more complex and is not discussed here.) Patients are often referred to doctors or medical centers that have special interest in the different treatments of Hodgkin's disease. Patients may also want ...

How is Hodgkin’s disease diagnosed?

How is Hodgkin's disease diagnosed?If Hodgkin's disease is suspected, the doctor will ask about your medical history and will do a thorough physical exam. Blood tests and x-rays of the chest, bones, liver and spleen will also be done. Tissue from an enlarged lymph node will be removed. This is known as a biopsy. It is the only sure way to tell if cancer is present. A pathologist will look at the tissue under the microscope for Reed-Sternberg cells, abnormal cells that are usually found with Hodgkin's disease. When Hodgkin's disease is diagno...

What are the signs and symptoms of Hodgkin’s?

The most common symptoms of Hodgkin's disease are: Painless swelling in the lymph nodes in the neck, underarm or groin Fever Night sweats Tiredness Weight loss Itching skin These symptoms are not sure signs of cancer. They may also be caused by many common illnesses, such as the flu or other infections. It is important to see a doctor if any of these symptoms lasts longer than two weeks. Any illness should be diagnosed and treated as early as possible, and this is especially true of Hodgkin's disease.

What is Hodgkin’s disease?

Hodgkin's disease is a type of lymphoma. Lymphomas are cancers that develop in the lymphatic system, part of the body's immune system. The job of the lymphatic system is to help fight diseases and infection. The lymphatic system includes a network of thin tubes that branch, like blood vessels, into the tissues throughout the body. Lymphatic vessels carry lymph, a colorless, watery fluid that contains infection-fighting cells called lymphocytes. Along this network of vessels are groups of small, bean-shaped ...

Hodgkin’s disease is a type of lymphoma

Hodgkin's disease facts: The American Cancer Society estimates that about 7,350 new cases of Hodgkin's disease will be diagnosed in the United States this year. Hodgkin's disease affects women somewhat less often than men. Of those new cases, 3,370 will occur in women and 3,980 in men. Hodgkin's disease can occur in both children and adults. It is more common, though, in two age groups: early adulthood (age 15-40, usually 25-30) and late adulthood (after age 55). Hodgkin's disease is rare before 5 years of ...