If Hodgkin lymphoma spreads
Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) cells can spread from the lymph nodes where the cancer started to other parts of the body. This spread is called metastasis.
Understanding how a type of cancer usually grows and spreads helps your healthcare team plan your treatment and future care. HL usually spreads in a predictable way, starting with the closest lymph nodes. This is different from non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), which doesn’t spread in a predictable way.
If HL spreads, it can spread to the following:
- other groups of lymph nodes
- lungs and
- bone marrow
Expert review and references
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