Hodgkin lymphoma

What is Hodgkin lymphoma?

Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer that starts in lymphocytes. Learn about symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and risks in our guide to Hodgkin lymphoma.

Risk factors for Hodgkin lymphoma

Risk factors for Hodgkin lymphoma include Epstein-Barr virus, family history and HIV infection. Learn about Hodgkin lymphoma risk.

Symptoms of Hodgkin lymphoma

Symptoms of Hodgkin lymphoma include swollen lymph nodes, itchy skin and unexplained fatigue. Learn about the symptoms of Hodgkin lymphoma.

Diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma

Tests to diagnose Hodgkin lymphoma, such as lymph node biopsy, are done when symptoms or tests suggest a problem. Learn about diagnosing Hodgkin lymphoma.

Stages of Hodgkin lymphoma

Staging is a way of describing or classifying a cancer based on the extent of cancer in the body. The most common staging systems for Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) are the Ann Arbor and Lugano staging systems.

If Hodgkin lymphoma spreads

Cancer cells have the potential to spread from the lymph nodes to other parts of the body where they can grow into new tumours. This process is called metastasis. The tumours are also called metastasis (singular) or metastases (plural). Metastases are also called secondary tumours.

Prognosis and survival for Hodgkin lymphoma

People with Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) may have questions about their prognosis and survival. Prognosis and survival depend on many factors. Only a doctor familiar with a person’s medical history, type of cancer, stage, characteristics of the cancer, treatments chosen and response to treatment can put all of this information together with survival statistics to arrive at a prognosis.

Treatments for Hodgkin lymphoma

Treatments for Hodgkin lymphoma include chemotherapy, radiation and stem cell transplant. Learn about treatment plans and options for Hodgkin lymphoma.

Supportive care for Hodgkin lymphoma

Supportive care helps people meet the physical, practical, emotional and spiritual challenges of Hodgkin lymphoma (HL). It is an important part of cancer care. There are many programs and services available to help meet the needs and improve the quality of life of people living with cancer and their loved ones, especially after treatment has ended.

Research in Hodgkin lymphoma

Researchers and healthcare professionals use what they learn from research studies to develop better practices that will help prevent, find and treat Hodgkin lymphoma (HL).

Hodgkin lymphoma statistics

Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer that causes few deaths in Canada because of effective treatments. Learn about Hodgkin lymphoma statistics in Canadian adults.