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NCCN QUICK GUIDE

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Hodgkin Lymphoma, Version 1.2015

Treatment Planning

What is Hodgkin lymphoma?

Lymphoma is a cancer of white blood cells called lymphocytes that are within the

lymphatic system. This system transports fluids to the bloodstream and fights germs.

Hodgkin lymphoma is marked by the presence of Reed-Sternberg or related cancer cells.

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Can Hodgkin lymphoma be cured?

With the right treatment, more than 80 out 100 people with Hodgkin lymphoma are cured

of the cancer.

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How can I know if I have Hodgkin lymphoma?

The tumor should be fully removed with an excisional biopsy and be tested in a lab. Tests

will confirm if there’s cancer, the type of cancer, and features of the cancer.

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What health care do I need before treatment?

A medical history that includes questions about symptoms of Hodgkin lymphoma

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An exam of your body to look for signs of disease and to rate your ability to do

activities

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Blood tests to count blood cells, check for inflammation, and assess levels of

chemicals

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CT and PET/CT scans or integrated PET/CT to see the cancer site(s)

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Talk to a fertility specialist if you may want to have babies after treatment

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A pregnancy test if you are a woman who can have babies since some treatment can

harm unborn babies

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Help to quit smoking and reduce distress if needed

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NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® : Hodgkin Lymphoma.

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Hodgkin Lymphoma

Treatment Planning

Version 1.2015