Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Monday, March 14, 2016

Hodgkins lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this type of cancer in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Hodgkins lymphoma, formerly called Hodgkins disease, is a type of cancer that affects your lymph nodes, which is part of your immune system.

In Hodgkins lymphoma, cells in the lymphatic system grow abnormally and may spread beyond the lymphatic system. As the disease progresses, it compromises your bodys ability to fight infection.

Hodgkins lymphoma is one of two common types of cancers of the lymphatic system. The other type, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, is far more common.

Its not clear what causes Hodgkins lymphoma. Various types of Hodgkins lymphoma exist. 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.

Treatment options for Hodgkins lymphoma include chemotherapy, radiation and stem cell transplant to replace diseased bone marrow. Advances in diagnosis and treatment of Hodgkins lymphoma have helped give people with this diagnosis the chance for a full recovery.

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