Possible symptoms of Hodgkin's lymphoma include:
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Night sweats
- Weight loss.
These and other symptoms may be caused by adult Hodgkin's lymphoma. However, other conditions may also cause the same symptoms. See a doctor if any of the following problems do not go away in two weeks:
- Painless, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, underarm, or groin
- Unexplained fevers
- Drenching night sweats
- Unexplained weight loss
- Itchy skin
- Tiredness or fatigue.
In order to make a Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosis, the doctor will typically ask a number of questions and perform a physical exam, looking for signs and symptoms of the disease. He or she may also recommend certain imaging or blood tests. However, when making a diagnosis, only a biopsy can tell a doctor for sure whether a person has the disease.
(Click Diagnosing Hodgkin's Disease for more information.)
Stages of Hodgkin's Lymphoma
After the doctor makes a Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosis, he or she needs to determine the stage, or extent, of the cancer in order to plan treatment. The stages range from stage I through stage IV, and are further categorized based on where the cancer is found, where it has spread, and what symptoms a person has. Stages of Hodgkin's lymphoma are determined through tests, such as a biopsy, chest x-ray, or CT scan.
Treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Hodgkin's lymphoma treatment options will depend on several things, such as the type of Hodgkin's involved, how fast it is spreading, and whether other health issues are present. This disease is most often treated with chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or both. Before beginning treatment, you may want to get a second opinion.
(Click Hodgkin's Disease Treatment for more information.)