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Hodgkin Disease


Hodgkin disease, or Hodgkin lymphoma, is a cancer of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system contains lymph vessels, lymph nodes, and glands. Lymph vessels carry lymph fluid throughout the body. Lymph fluid contains lymphocytes (white blood cells) that help fight infection and disease. Hodgkin lymphoma causes lymphocytes to grow and divide without control and to form tumors.


Informed consent

is a legal document that explains the tests, treatments, or procedures that you may need. Informed consent means you understand what will be done and can make decisions about what you want. You give your permission when you sign the consent form. You can have someone sign this form for you if you are not able to sign it. You have the right to understand your medical care in words you know. Before you sign the consent form, understand the risks and benefits of what will be done. Make sure all your questions are answered.


  • A bone marrow biopsy is a procedure to remove a sample of bone marrow to be tested. Bone marrow is tissue inside the bone.

  • Blood tests may be done to help healthcare providers diagnose and treat Hodgkin lymphoma.

  • An echocardiogram is a type of ultrasound. Sound waves are used to show the structure and function of your heart. Healthcare providers will use it to see if your heart is strong enough for certain chemotherapy.

  • X-ray, CT scan, or PET scan images will show the location of the cancer. The images may also help your healthcare provider determine the stage of your cancer or its response to treatment.


  • Chemotherapy is medicine used to treat cancer by killing tumor cells. Chemotherapy may also be used to shrink lymph nodes that contain cancer.

  • Radiation therapy uses x-rays or gamma rays to treat cancer. Radiation kills cancer cells and may stop the cancer from spreading. It may be given alone or with chemotherapy.

  • A bone marrow transplant is a procedure to replace your diseased bone marrow with healthy marrow. You are usually given bone marrow from a donor. Sometimes your own marrow may be used if it is collected when your cancer is in remission (not active). The bone marrow transplant is given to you in an IV while you are in the hospital.


Radiation and chemotherapy can cause many side effects such as fatigue, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. It may also increase your risk for infection and harm your heart or lungs. You may also lose your hair. Chemotherapy and radiation may increase your risk for other cancers. It may also make it more difficult to have children. Even with treatment, your cancer may spread or return.


You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.