A 42-year-old female asked:
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i've just been diagnosed with hodgkins lymphoma. i will be starting chemo by month's end. if i decide to not be treated, how long will i live?

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Dr. Le Wang
Dr. Le Wang answered
35 years experience Internal Medicine
Hodgkin's lymphoma: You defintely should go to treatment. Hodgkins lymphoma is one of the most treatable or even curable cancers with the current standard chemotherapy. Depending on the stage and histology, long-term outcome after treatment would be very favorable in general. I would not even advise you to think not to be treated. Remember this is still a cancer and still can kill people if without treatment.
Answered on Apr 14, 2014
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Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
That would be foolis: Hodgkins disease is a curable cancer. Yet if you do not treat it, it can prove fatal. So it will be foolish not to treat it. The disease can be fatal within one or two years, depending on the current stage of disease.
Answered on Apr 14, 2014
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