radiation therapy, chemotherapy and, in more advanced cases, stem cell transplantation. Our team will interact with several different subspecialty clinicians as part of the multi disciplinary approach. These will include radiation therapists, radiologists, surgeons and bone marrow transplant physicians.

Before treatment, we will discuss with you the treatment recommendations based on several factors which include the disease subtype, the disease stage and your overall health and personal situation. If you are a female of childbearing age, it is important to know whether or not you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. The important things that we will discuss at that point are the infusions of the chemotherapy agent, potential side effects of the treatment including long-term side effects, as well as the results of treatment which are largely guided by the quest for a cure. In the end, we will come to a decision with you about your course of therapy and our doctor and staff will work closely with you throughout the treatment.

If you would like to read more about Hodgkin's Disease, we have provided several links at the right to authoritative sources about the disease, its treatments and support. We want you to know that the doctors in this office and our excellent Oncology staff will be available to you at all times, supportive in all aspects of your care and we encourage your questions and input.

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Hodgkin's Lymphoma Basics disclaimer

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There are few events in life as upsetting as a diagnosis of cancer and the emotional response can be dramatic: fear, sadness, anger and just a few. But of all the cancers today, Hodgkin's Lymphoma is one of the most treatable and the potential for full recovery is extremely high.

You will have many questions and may find some of the terms very confusing but we can help you sort out the issues and better understand your disease. We are here to help you get through it, both emotionally and medically

There are two main types of the disease. There is Hogkin's Lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL). The differences are significant but very subtle and are seen mostly under a microscope. While the types of cells involved in the two types are different, both forms can be curable or provide very long-term remission. This page is devoted to Hodgkin's Lymphoma. If you would rather read about Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma you can click here.

Hodgkin's Lymphoma is a disease of the blood and bone marrow and it also affects the lymph nodes. Lymph nodes are small masses of cells in the body that drain and cleanse fluid from the body. These nodes occur all over the body and are especially easy to detect in the armpit, groin and neck when they are enlarged. Often the disease is discovered because a patient notices these swellings or enlarged lymph nodes.

It is important to understand that the patient's best possible chance for cure is to accurately determine the precise stage of the disease. With accurate staging your doctors can then select the appropriate treatment to match the stage of the disease.

The staging process is designed to determine the extent of the disease and to try to identify the exact type of cancer cell as accurately as possible. Because it affects the lymphatic system, staging studies determine if there is spread from one lymph node area to others. The tests may include chest x-ray, computerized tomography (CT scan) or a combined PET/CT scan using a radioactive tracer to identify the scope of disease. The lymph node biopsy is also very important in developing a treatment plan, as are blood tests and bone marrow tests.

Treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma, after the appropriate disease staging, may include:

Valuable Hodgkin Lymphoma Resources

The National Cancer Institute information for patients about Hodgkin Lymphoma

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The American Cancer Society information for patients about Hodgkin Lymphoma

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Leukemia and Lymphoma Society paitient information about lymphomas

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