What is Hodgkin lymphoma?
Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of lymphoma, a general term for a cancer that begins in lymph tissue.
When you have Hodgkin’s lymphoma, your lymphocytes become damaged. They grow and multiply uncontrollably, which causes your lymph nodes to become enlarged and form painless lumps called tumours. As damaged lymphocytes replace normal lymphocytes, your immune system becomes less able to fight infection.
Hodgkin lymphoma symptoms
The most common first symptom of Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a painless swollen lymph gland in your neck, under your arm, or in your groin.
Other symptoms may include unexplained fevers, night sweats, weight loss and tiredness.
Hodgkin lymphoma statistics
- About 170 people in NSW are diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma every year.
- It usually develops in people between the ages of 15-29 and 60-70.
The aim of this information is to help you understand about Hodgkin lymphoma. We cannot advise you about the best treatment for you. You need to discuss this with your doctors. However, we hope this information will answer some of your questions and help you think about the questions you would like to ask your doctors or other health carers.