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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

is best.

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