Hodgkin Lymphoma

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Hodgkin lymphoma is one of the most curable forms of cancer. It can be cured in about four out of five patients. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about the disease, its symptoms and treatment in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Hodgkin lymphoma, also called Hodgkin disease, is a type of cancer that affects your lymph nodes. Lymph nodes make and store cells to fight infection and are a normal part of your body, but they get bigger when you have this disease.

No one knows for sure what causes it, but Hodgkin lymphoma could be caused by certain viruses. It may also run in families.

Anyone can get Hodgkin lymphoma, but teenagers, young adults and people older than 60 years are most likely to get it. More men than women get it. People whose immune systems are not working well are also more likely to get it.

The symptoms will depend on which part of your body is affected. The most common symptom is swelling of one or more lymph nodes. Other symptoms may include getting a fever, sweating a lot at night or unexplained weight loss.

Hodgkin lymphoma is treated with medicine and sometimes with radiation therapy. Often, Hodgkin lymphoma can be cured and does not come back. Treatments have improved, so now more than four out of five patients are cured.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.