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Prognosis for Hodgkin's Disease

A person's prognosis for Hodgkin's disease (chance of recovery) and treatment options depend on the following:
  • The person's symptoms
  • The stage of the cancer
  • The type of Hodgkin's disease
  • Blood test results
  • The person's age, gender, and general health
  • Whether the cancer is recurrent or progressive.
Adult Hodgkin's disease can usually be cured if found and treated early. In fact, 70 percent of people with the disease are cured with treatment.
(Click Hodgkin's Lymphoma Prognosis for more information.)

Hodgkin's Disease: A Summary

The following points are important to keep in mind regarding Hodgkin's disease:
  • Adult Hodgkin's disease is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells form in the lymph system
  • There are five different types, based on the way the cancer cells look under a microscope
  • Age, gender, and Epstein-Barr infection can affect a person's risk of developing adult Hodgkin's disease
  • Possible signs of the disease in adults include swollen lymph nodes, fever, night sweats, and weight loss
  • Tests that examine the lymph nodes are used to detect and diagnose adult Hodgkin's disease
  • Treatment often involves chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or both.
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