Hodgkin disease is a type of lymphoma, a cancer in the lymphatic system. The disease causes the cells in the lymphatic system to abnormally reproduce, eventually making the body less able to fight infection.
Risk factors that appear to increase the risk for this type of cancer include infection with the Epstein-Barr virus or with the AIDS virus. It is also more common in men than in women.
If you are diagnosed with Hodgkin disease, your doctor will need to find out how advanced the disease is. Depending on where the initial lymph nodes are, you may need a CT scan, an MRI, or an ultrasound.
Each type of treatment for Hodgkin disease has a different goal. Your doctor will determine the appropriate treatment, which may include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a stem cell transplant.
Side effects are common during cancer treatment, but they can vary from person to person. Your health care team will work to ease any side effects you may experience.
Learn more about Hodgkin disease from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Physician Data Query (PDQ®) for patients. It includes information about prevention, screening, and treatment.