NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Hodgkin Lymphoma, Version 1.2015
You’ve learned that you have or may
have Hodgkin lymphoma. It’s common
to feel shocked and confused. Part 1
reviews some basics about Hodgkin
lymphoma that may help you start to
cope. These basics may also help you
start planning for treatment.
What is the lymphatic system?
The lymphatic system is one of 13 systems of the
human body. It transports fluids to the bloodstream
and fights germs. As such, it supports your blood-
flowing (cardiovascular) and disease-fighting
Cells are the building blocks of tissue in the body. The
spaces between cells are filled with fluid. This fluid
is called tissue (or interstitial) fluid. Most tissue fluid
comes from parts of blood plasma that have passed
out of blood vessels. Cells also release waste and
other products into tissue fluid.
When tissue fluid increases, it drains into vessels.
Almost all of tissue fluid drains back into blood
vessels. The rest of it drains into lymph vessels.
Once inside of lymph vessels, tissue fluid is called
lymph. Lymph travels in lymph vessels back to the
The lymphatic system also collects fat and some
vitamins from your gut. After you eat, your stomach
6 What is the lymphatic system?
8 How does Hodgkin lymphoma start?
9 How does Hodgkin lymphoma spread?
10 Do I have Hodgkin lymphoma?