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Hodgkin lymphoma

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Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that affects blood cells called lymphocytes. For most people Hodgkin lymphoma can be cured with treatment.

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What is Hodgkin lymphoma?

Hodgkin lymphoma affects blood cells called lymphocytes, which help to fight infection. Most people diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma have a type called classic Hodgkin lymphoma.

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Hodgkin lymphoma causes

Hodgkin lymphoma is caused by changes in our DNA. We don't know why these changes happen, but there are some risk factors that make people more likely to develop Hodgkin lymphoma.

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Hodgkin lymphoma symptoms

The most common symptom of Hodgkin lymphoma is swollen lymph nodes, but some people have other symptoms too. Read about possible symptoms, and what to do if you're worried.

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Diagnosis and staging

The main test to diagnose Hodgkin lymphoma is a lymph node biopsy. If a diagnosis is confirmed, your doctor will arrange more tests and scans to check your general health and to decide what stage lymphoma you have.

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Hodgkin lymphoma prognosis

Your doctor can talk to you about your individual prognosis (what's likely to happen). For most people, treatment leads to a cure, even if they are diagnosed at an advanced stage.

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Hodgkin lymphoma treatment

Find out how Hodgkin lymphoma treatment is planned, the different types of treatment, and possible side effects.

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Life after Hodgkin lymphoma

Finishing treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma is a big achievement, but can bring mixed emotions. Learn about what to expect in the weeks and months after treatment ends, and how you might feel.

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Blood cancer and young adults

Hodgkin lymphoma is one of the most common types of blood cancer in young adults. If you're a young adult, read our guide to life with blood cancer, and watch other young people share their experiences and tips on how to get through it.

This information has been accredited with the PIF TICK, the UK's only quality mark for trusted health information.

Last full review 2024. Next full review due 2027. We make factual updates to the information throughout this period.

Thank you to Consultant Haematologists Dr David Tucker and Dr Dima El-Sharkawi for checking the clinical accuracy of this information, and Clinical Nurse Specialist Tina Brooks for her guidance and support.