The Effects Of Hodgkin 's Lymphoma ' Lymphoma

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Wanda Brown
Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
NUR2851 Critical Care II
Brown Mackie College
August 22, 2014

Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Four years ago my family came across a cancer that has made our lives a rollercoaster. My sister was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system. She put in all she had to fight this monster of a disease, but unfortunately at age 46, she has lost the battle and is on comfort measures through a hospice. This being said, has made me want to know everything I can about Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and given this great opportunity to write a research paper on this disease, gives me the time to be educated on it. Hodgkin’s lymphoma is most commonly seen in adolescents and young adults of an age range of 15-35, but also in older adults that are 55 and older. It starts when a lymphocyte becomes abnormal and multiplies in to several abnormal lymphocytes. Then white blood cells group around the abnormal cells, then the lymph nodes become swollen. These abnormal cells can spread through the lymph or blood vessels to other parts of the body. Unfortunately, abnormal cells do not help fight off bacteria that enters the body or die like normal cells do when they age or are damaged. To break it down into types of Hodgkin’s, there is the classical and the rare. The classical Hodgkin’s Lymphoma’s abnormal cells are called Reed-Sternberg cells. In this type thousands of people are diagnosed every year. In the rare type, which is called lymphocyte-predominant
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