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What is hodgkin's?

What is hodgkin's?

Type of lymphoma: There are two basic categories of lymphomas: hodgkin's lymphoma (also called hodgkin's disease) and non-hodgkin's lymphomas. The difference between these is in the specific lymphocytes involved. Hodgkin's lymphoma is marked by the presence of an abnormal lymphocyte called the reed-sternberg cell (or b lymphocyte). ...Read more

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What is hodgkin's disease?

What is hodgkin's disease?

A cancer: The short answer is a cancer of the lympoma group that spreads through the lymphatic system. Hodgkins lymphoma is probably the most curable and is identified by typical reed sternberg cells when the pathologist looks at a biopsy of one of the swollen lymph nodes. ...Read more

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How to get hodgkin's disease?

How to get hodgkin's disease?

Dumb luck: To date, nobody has identified any risk factor from lifestyle. HIV patients are at somewhat greater risk if they're uncontrolled. Some say having recent infectious mono increases risk. I don't believe the claims about Agent Orange; it's possible that acromegalics and growth hormone abusers may have increased risk. ...Read more

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What causes hodgkin's disease?

What causes hodgkin's disease?

Hypothesis: Hodgkins cells are likely derived from germinal center b cells that have undergone mutations in the immunoglobulin variable chain. ...Read more

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Can hodgkin's disease be cured?

Can hodgkin's disease be cured?

Usually: There are many effective treatments for hodgkin disease. Even relapsed disease is treatable. The treatments can be difficult and usually include chemotherapy and radiation. ...Read more

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How is hodgkin's disease treated?

How is hodgkin's disease treated?

Depends: Primarily with chemotherapy. There are several variables that predict a favorable profile. If favorable, chemotherapy alone is appropriate based on new data recently published in the new england journal of medicine. However, the guidelines suggest a combined approach with chemo and radiation. Also depends on age, sex, other comorbidities. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What exactly is Hodgkin's disease?

What exactly is Hodgkin's disease?

Type of lymphoma: Hodgkin lymphoma, which used to be called "Hodgkin's disease" is a type of lymphoma, a cancer of white blood cells usually but not always clumped in lymph nodes.

Hodgkin lymphoma behaves so differently than all other types of lymphoma that we have grouped lymphomas broadly into "Hodgkin lymphoma" and "non-hodgkin lymphoma" (i.e., EVERYTHING else!)

Hodgkin lymphoma is highly cureable. ...Read more

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How can I treat hodgkin's disease?

How can I treat hodgkin's disease?

Chemo and radiation: Hodgkin's disease is treated with chemotherapy, radiation therapy or both. Exactly what therapy is used depends on the extent and size of the tumor. ...Read more

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How is hodgkin's disease diagnosed?

How is hodgkin's disease diagnosed?

Complex: Cancers, in general, are definitively diagnosed by biopsy (cutting out tissue and examining cells under a microscope). They also usually have distinct patterns of where they arise and spread. Hodgkin's disease, a cancer of lymph cells, may cause enlarged lymph nodes, with lumps in the neck, underarms, groin. Enlarged nodes, liver, or spleen may also be seen on chest x-rays and abdominal ct scans. ...Read more

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I keep having recurring hodgkins. Help?

I keep having recurring hodgkins. Help?

Treatments: You most likely have tried additional chemotherapy regimens different from what you were treated with at initial diagnosis. The next step would be an autologous bone marrow (or stem cell) transplant. Your next option would be to participate in a clinical trial. See:
http://www.Cancer.Gov/clinicaltrials/search/results? Protocolsearchid=6605255&vers=2
i wish you the best. ...Read more

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What are the tests for hodgkin's disease?

What are the tests for hodgkin's disease?

Various: The test needed to diagnose hodgkin's disease is a biopsy of the involved part of the body, usually a lymph node. The other tests needed to help determine the stage of the disease and the treatment include a bone marrow biopsy, blood tests and a ct scan. ...Read more

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Which are symptoms of hodgkin's disease?

Which are symptoms of hodgkin's disease?

Varies: Could be no symptoms other than a palpable lymph node or cluster of lymph nodes in neck, armpit, groin. But could also be other symptoms - from a chest mass (ie shortness of breath) or lcoal compression of vascular structures. Can also have b symptoms - fevers, night sweats, or >10% weight loss, unexpected. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hodgkin's disease?

What are the symptoms of hodgkin's disease?

Cancer: Hodgkin disease is a cancer of the lymph glands (though it is treatable and often curable) that presents with enlargement of lymph glands, spleen and some times other organs. Fever, weight loss and infections are other symptoms. ...Read more

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How exactly is hodgkin's disease diagnosed?

How exactly is hodgkin's disease diagnosed?

Biopsy of the Node: Usually hodgkin disease will present with enlarged lymph nodes. A biopsy of one of these lymph nodes is necessary to make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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What diseases similar to hodgkin's disease?

What diseases similar to hodgkin's disease?

Other lymphomas: There are a dozen different types of lymphomas of which Hodgkin disease is one different disease. Others are therefore called non-Hodgkin lymphomas. Anyone of them can be histologically and clinically confused with Hodgkin lymphoma. it takes a good pathologist to make this crucial distinction. ...Read more

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What is the statistics of hodgkin's disease?

Overall curable: Hodgkin lymphoma as it is now called is one of our success stories. If it is diagnosed in the early stages, the cure rate is >90%, even late stage disease has cure rates of greater than 80%. In those cases where there is disease recurrence, stem cell transplant has been successfully used to cure many people. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for hodgkin's disease?

What do you recommend for hodgkin's disease?

See an oncologist!: A cancer specialist (oncologist) will help decided the severity (stage) of the lymphoma, and can begin appropriate treatment with chemotherapy and radiation. ...Read more

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My sister has hodgkin's disease. What does this mean?

My sister has hodgkin's disease. What does this mean?

A blood disorder: Sorry to hear that. Your sister has been diagnosed with a type of cancer that affects the white blood cells. It is very curable with proper treatment including chemotherapy and possibly radiation therapy.
Best of luck to your sister. ...Read more

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How can someone get a second opinion for hodgkin's disease?

How can someone get a second opinion for hodgkin's disease?

See your family doc: To get a second opinion, start with your family doctor or internist. He or she should be able to help you arrange for the second opinion. ...Read more

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Should everyone get a second opinion for hodgkin's disease?

Should everyone get a second opinion for hodgkin's disease?

2nd. Opinion: If unsure & for peace of might, u certainly could. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hodgkin's disease?

What is the definition or description of: hodgkin's disease?

It is a type of Lymp: Hodgkin disease is a type of lymphoma and it is a type cancer which mainly affects the lymph nodes. It has excellent treatment and is a curable type of cancer in over 90% of the affected individuals. ...Read more

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What would happen if I'm not treated for my hodgkin's disease?

What would happen if I'm not treated for my hodgkin's disease?

It is fatal: There are very few people who are not treated for this disease. It is highly curable in the majority of cases. Current treatment is designed to give enough treatment to attack the kind and stage of hodgkins disease and to minimize side effects.
Without treatment some kinds of hd patients can live a long time, but their quality of life is impaired and they die. Some kind are rapidly fatal. ...Read more

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What is the home medical testing related to hodgkin's disease?

No home test: I'm not aware of a home medical test for hodgkin's lymphoma but some of the symptoms can be night sweats, lymph node enlargement, weight loss, shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me if there is an actual hodgkin's disease cure?

Yes: The most common type of hodgkin lymphoma is classical or nodular sclerosis and that is curable. There are 5 types and all are treatable but some more curable than others. If standard therapy doesn't work, than bone marrow transplant is potentially curable. The most common regimen is abvd (adriamycin, bleomycin, vinblastine, dacarbazine. ...Read more

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Are people with any specific age group prone to hodgkin's disease?

Yes: Hodgkins disease has a bimodal distribution occurring most commonly in people between 15 and 30 and again between 75 and 90. ...Read more

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Explain the process of "staging" hodgkin's disease and the prognosi?

More testing: Once hodgkin's has been confirmed, further testing is done to "stage" or determine the extent of disease (exam, ct/pet scans, etc). There are 4 stages- stage I is disease in a single area; ii is in two separate areas on one side of the diaphragm; iii is on both sides of diaphragm and IV is widespread. Prognosis is worse the higher the stage but even the worse has 85% chance of remission. ...Read more

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How come I have hodgkin's disease, but nobody else in the family has it?

How come I have hodgkin's disease, but nobody else in the family has it?

Not familial: This disease is not inherited and does not run in families- risk factors more likely are young age and presence of ebv virus infection. There is a small increased risk among your siblings. ...Read more

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What are the possible medical complications related to hodgkin's disease?

What are the possible medical complications related to hodgkin's disease?

Anemia, fatique: Even before chemottherapy, fatigue, anemia, pain. Are common. These can be worse for awhile during treatment (except pain) as well as nausea vomiting and long term...Sterility. ...Read more

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