Hodgkin Lymphoma Treatment

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Proton Therapy for Hodgkin Lymphoma Treatment

Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer of the immune system. It originates in cells within the part of the immune system known as the lymphatic system. Because lymphatic tissue is in many parts of the body, Hodgkin lymphoma can begin almost anywhere.

Located in the lymph nodes, Hodgkin lymphoma is most often found in children and young adults and compromises the body’s ability to fight infection. Although it can affect people of any age, most patients are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 35 and typically have a family history of lymphoma.

The risk factors of Hodgkin lymphoma include age, gender (males are more likely to develop it), family history, and previous Epstein-Barr infection.

Symptoms

If one or more of these symptoms appear and remain for up to two weeks, contact your doctor immediately. Symptoms of Hodgkin Lymphoma include:

  • Swelling of the lymph nodes in your neck, armpits or groin
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Night Sweats
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Pain in lymph nodes after drinking alcohol
  • Itching
  • Recurring fatigue
  • Coughing or chest pain
  • Loss of appetite

Diagnosis

In order to diagnose Hodgkin Lymphoma, a physician may complete a physical exam in which they check for swollen lymph nodes. They may take a blood sample to be tested in a lab or complete a biopsy, in which they remove a small amount of bone marrow for testing. Imaging tests are also common, including X-rays, computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET).

Treatment

The majority of individuals who had Hodgkin Lymphoma treatment through traditional radiation therapy are cured, but they may experience significant side effects.

With pencil beam scanning capabilities that precisely target cancerous areas, proton therapy for Hodgkin Lymphoma treatment lowers the risk of those side effects, which include heart disease and secondary cancers, when compared to traditional radiation methods. Less healthy tissue is exposed to radiation, allowing physicians to successfully treat the cancerous cells and reducing the likelihood of secondary cancers.

Nashville, TN

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Knoxville, TN

Telehealth now available. Speak to a physician from the safety of your own home. For information or to schedule a consultation, contact us to speak with a Cancer Care Expert.