Hodgkin Disease Facts

Hodgkin's disease is a cancer of the lymph nodes. Hodgkin disease causes the cells in the lymphatic system to abnormally reproduce, eventually making the body less able to fight infection. Learn more about Hodgkin disease ›

Symptoms of Hodgkin Disease

  • Bleeding gums
  • Cold or flu-like symptoms (runny nose, fatigue, fever, sore throat, headache, cough, aches and pains)
  • Drooling
  • Earache
  • Genital sores (indication of syphilis)
  • Joint pain
  • Night sweats
  • Rash
  • Swollen limb
  • Tender, warm, and red lymph nodes
  • Unexplained loss of appetite
  • Unintended weight loss
    • Difficulty swallowing

    • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)

    • Respiratory or breathing problems, such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, labored breathing, wheezing, not breathing, and choking

    • Vomiting blood or black material (resembling coffee grounds)

    • Common cold (viral respiratory infection)

    • Ear infection

    • Infected tooth (abscessed tooth)

    • Infected wound

    • Influenza (flu)

    • Measles (contagious viral infection also known as rubeola)

    • German measles (contagious viral infection also known as rubella)

    • Mononucleosis (viral infection)

    • Mumps (viral infection of the salivary glands in the neck)

    • Strep throat (bacterial throat infection)

    • Tonsillitis (inflammation of the tonsils in the back of the throat)

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    Treatment for Hodgkin Disease

    Hodgkin's disease treatments are either local or systemic. Local treatments remove, destroy, or control the cancer cells in a certain area of your body. Radiation therapy is a local treatment. Systemic treatments are used to destroy or control cancer cells throughout your entire body. Chemotherapy and stem cell transplant are systemic treatments.

    Each type of treatment for Hodgkin's disease has a different goal. Here is a list of main treatments and their goals. You may have only one treatment or a combination of treatments.

    • Chemotherapy. This treatment uses drugs to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy, used alone or with radiation, is the most common treatment for Hodgkin's disease. Most people take a combination of drugs through intravenous infusions and pills.

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    Living with Hodgkin Disease

    Scientists and medical professionals are working hard to better understand who will get Hodgkin disease, and why. For now, there is no way to tell if you will get Hodgkin disease before it happens. Many cancers have been linked to defective genes, chemical exposure, or dietary habits. Hodgkin disease has not.

    The best way you can protect yourself from Hodgkin disease is to be aware of what makes you more likely to get it. These are called your risk factors. Knowing what puts you at risk for Hodgkin disease can help you make healthy choices that may help you avoid it.

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