NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Hodgkin Lymphoma, Version 1.2015
How to use this book
Who should read this book?
The information in this book is about treatment
of Hodgkin lymphoma among young, middle-
aged, and older adults up to age 80. It does not
address treatment for children, teenagers, and
adults 80 years old or older. Patients and those
who support them—caregivers, family, and
friends—may find this book helpful. It may help
you discuss and decide with doctors what care
Where should I start
Starting with Part 1 may be helpful. It explains
what Hodgkin lymphoma is. Knowing more
about this cancer may help you better
understand its treatment.
Part 2 lists which health tests and other steps
of care are needed before treatment. Parts
3 through 5 address treatment. Part 3 briefly
describes the types of treatments. Parts 4 and 5
are guides to treatment options for the different
types of Hodgkin lymphoma. Tips for making
treatment decisions are presented in Part 6.
Does the whole book
apply to me?
This book includes information for many
situations. Your treatment team can help. They
can point out what information applies to you.
They can also give you more information. As
you read through this book, you may find it
helpful to make a list of questions to ask your
The recommendations in this book are based on
science and the experience of NCCN experts.
However, these recommendations may not be
right for you. Your doctors may suggest other
tests and treatments based on your health and
other factors. If other suggestions are given, feel
free to ask your treatment team questions.
Making sense of medical
In this book, many medical words are included.
These are words that you will likely hear from
your treatment team. Most of these words may
be new to you, and it may be a lot to learn.
Don’t be discouraged as you read. Keep reading
and review the information. Don’t be shy to ask
your treatment team to explain a word or phrase
that you do not understand.
Words that you may not know are defined in the
text or in the
. Words in the
are underlined when first used on a page.
Acronyms are also defined when first used
and in the
. Acronyms are short words
formed from the first letters of several words.
One example is CBC for