Hodgkin lymphoma

Hodgkin lymphoma

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.

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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.

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Hodgkin lymphoma statistics

  • About 11% of all lymphomas diagnosed are types of Hodgkin lymphoma. The rest are types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
  • Each year in NSW, about 160 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma.
  • The disease most commonly develops in younger people aged 15–29 and older people aged 60–70, but it can occur at any age.
  • It is more common in men than women.

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.