Prognosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

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Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, also known as Hodgkin’s disease, is a cancer that effects part of the immune system. The lymphatic system is knots of tissue. Lymph nodes work as tiny filters, straining out foreign organisms and cells. The lymphatic system provides important white blood cells called lymphocytes. The body has a reaction to infection that may cause lymph nodes to swell and get tender As Hodgkin’s Lymphoma progresses it makes it more difficult for the body to fight infection. Lymphoma occurs when the lymph node cells begin to multiply uncontrollably; this can lead to producing malignant cells that have the ability to invade other tissues throughout the body. It is common in two different age groups 15-35 and older adults over age 50. It is slightly more common in males, and Caucasians. There has been some progress in treating Hodgkin’s lymphoma, most people with this diagnosis will be long term survivors. Prognosis continues to improve for people with Hodgkin’s. Although the exact cause of Hodgkin’s disease is not known, there has been a connection to The Epstein-Barr, this is a virus that causes infectious mononucleosis (Mono). The presence of this virus can be found in 20%-80% of these tumors. Same sex siblings or an identical twin of someone who has Hodgkin’s are at high risk of developing the disease. Also children of a parent who has had Hodgkin’s are also at high risk. Signs and symptoms may include, painless swelling of lymph nodes in your
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