NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Hodgkin Lymphoma, Version 1.2015
Hodgkin lymphoma basics
• The lymphatic system consists of lymph and
a network of vessels and organs. It helps kill
germs in the body and transports fluids to the
• Lymphomas are cancers that start in
lymphocytes within the lymphatic system.
Hodgkin lymphoma starts in abnormal
lymphocytes called Reed-Sternberg cells or
• Hodgkin lymphoma often spreads from one
group of lymph nodes to the next. Over time,
it will spread to tissue and organs outside the
• An excisional biopsy removes the whole tumor
so that it can be tested for cancer.