Hodgkin Disease Cancer Treatment

Hodgkin lymphoma can usually be treated successfully with chemotherapy alone, or chemotherapy followed by radiotherapy.

Patient specific treatment plan will depend on patient general health and patient age, as many of the treatments can put a tremendous strain on the body. How far the cancer has spread is also an important factor in determining the best treatment.

Surgery is not generally used to treat the condition, except for the biopsy used to diagnose it.

Overall, treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma is highly effective and most people with the condition are eventually cured.

If doctors think that patient cancer is curable, patient will normally receive chemotherapy through a drip directly into a vein (intravenous chemotherapy). If a cure is unlikely, patient may only need to take chemotherapy tablets to help relieve patient symptoms.

Radiotherapy is most often used to treat early-stage Hodgkin lymphoma, where the cancer is only in one part of the body. Treatment is normally given in short daily sessions, Patient should not have to stay in hospital between appointments. Radiotherapy itself is painless, but it can have some significant side effects. These can vary and will be directly related to the part of patient body that is being treated. For example, treatment to patient throat can lead to a sore throat, while treatment to the head can lead to hair loss.