Hodgkin lymphoma, also known as Hodgkin’s disease, is a blood cancer that develops in the lymphatic system. It usually starts in the lymphocytes, which are a type of white blood cell. Because lymphocytes are found throughout the body, it can grow in other parts of the body as it travels through the blood and lymphatic system. The first and most common symptom of Hodgkin lymphoma is a painless, swollen lymph node in the neck, armpit or groin.
According to the American Cancer Society, less than 8,500 people in the United States are diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma each year, making it a rare type of cancer. It is most often diagnosed in young adults between the ages of 15-30, followed by individuals above 55 years of age. It is also slightly more common in men than in women.
Survival rates for Hodgkin lymphoma are high, and it is considered a very treatable cancer. There are many treatment options available today including chemotherapy, radiation and immunotherapy. If you are diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, it is best to consult an oncologist who specializes in the disease.
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