NCCN QUICK GUIDE
Hodgkin Lymphoma, Version 1.2015
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.8
Can Hodgkin lymphoma be cured?
With the right treatment, more than 80 out 100 people with Hodgkin lymphoma are cured
of the cancer.9
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.10
What health care do I need before treatment?
A medical history that includes questions about symptoms of Hodgkin lymphoma14
An exam of your body to look for signs of disease and to rate your ability to do
Blood tests to count blood cells, check for inflammation, and assess levels of
CT and PET/CT scans or integrated PET/CT to see the cancer site(s)17
Talk to a fertility specialist if you may want to have babies after treatment20
A pregnancy test if you are a woman who can have babies since some treatment can
harm unborn babies20
Help to quit smoking and reduce distress if needed20
NCCN Quick Guide
This NCCNQuick Guide
sheet summarizes key points from the completeNCCN Guidelines for Patients ® : Hodgkin Lymphoma.
These guidelines explain which tests and treatments are recommended by experts
in cancer. To view and download the guidelines, visitNCCN.org/patients
or, to order printed copies, visitAmazon.com.