Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Hodgkin (or Hodgkin’s) lymphoma is a rare type of cancer. It affects the lymphatic system, which is part of your immune system. Most people with Hodgkin lymphoma are male.

 

What is Hodgkin’s lymphoma?

The main difference between Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma is that the cancer affects different white blood cells. Hodgkin lymphoma happens when B-lymphocytes – white blood cells that fight infection – increase abnormally. They gather in the lymphatic system, including the glands (lymph nodes). They stop the lymphocytes being able to fight infection.

It’s more common if you’re aged 20-24 or over 70.
 

Causes of Hodgkin lymphoma

No one is sure what causes Hodgkin lymphoma, but you’re more likely to be affected if:

  • A close relative has had Hodgkin lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma or chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL)
  • You already have a disease that has weakened your immune system
  • You take medicine to suppress your immune system
  • You’ve had the Epstein-Barr virus (which causes glandular fever)

Symptoms of Hodgkin lymphoma

A lump in your neck, groin or armpit. This may ache or be painless

An itchy rash all over your body

Breathlessness and a cough that doesn’t go away

Feeling tired all the time

Having lots of infections

Night sweats

Unexplained weight loss

Having one or more of these symptoms doesn’t mean you have cancer but it’s best to ask your doctor for advice. The sooner your cancer is detected, the better the chances of treating it successfully.

Tests and diagnosis

Your doctor will discuss your symptoms and give you a thorough physical examination. Tests may also include:

  • A biopsy – when a tiny sample of tissue is taken from the lymph node or bone marrow for analysis
  • Blood tests
  • X-ray
  • Scans including CT, PET-CT and MRI

Treatments we offer

Radiotherapy kills cancer cells. It’s used in the early stages of cancer treatment or after it has started to spread. It can also be used to relieve pain and discomfort from cancer that has spread.

Read more

Chemotherapy is medication that treats your cancer. The drugs kill cancer cells, preventing them from dividing and spreading further.

Read more

Radiotherapy kills cancer cells. It’s used in the early stages of cancer treatment or after it has started to spread. It can also be used to relieve pain and discomfort from cancer that has spread.

Read more

Chemotherapy is medication that treats your cancer. The drugs kill cancer cells, preventing them from dividing and spreading further.

Read more

Meet our doctors

Everything we do is focused on designing better care for our patients. With a network of 12 specialist oncology treatment centres across the UK, we provide the most up-to-date treatments and technology as standard.

We attract and retain some of the most experienced doctors in the country, who all have a passion for improving patient outcomes and specialise in the treatment of different types of cancer.

Meet our doctors

Search for a centre near you

Maidstone

17 Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill, West Malling, ME19 4UA

maidstone.enquiries@genesiscare.com

Birmingham

Little Aston Hall Drive, Sutton Coldfield, B74 3BF

birmingham.enquiries@genesiscare.com

Nottingham

The Park Centre for oncology, Sherwood Lodge Drive, Burntstump Country Park, Nottingham, NG5 8RX

nottingham.enquiries@genesiscare.com

Portsmouth

Bartons Road, Havant, PO9 5NA

portsmouth.enquiries@genesiscare.com

Guildford

BMI St Martha Oncology Centre, 46 Harvey Road, Guildford, GU1 3XL

guildford.enquiries@genesiscare.com

Southampton

Spire Hospital, Chalybeate Close, Southampton, SO16 6UY

southampton.enquiries@genesiscare.com

Chelmsford

Springfield Cancer Centre, Lawn Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 7GU

chelmsford.enquiries@genesiscare.com

Elstree

Unit 710, Centennial Park, Centennial Avenue, Elstree, Borehamwood, WD6 3SZ

elstree.enquiries@genesiscare.com

Oxford

Sandy Lane West, Peters Way, Oxford, OX4 6LB

oxford.enquiries@genesiscare.com

Milton Keynes

Sunrise Parkway, Linford Wood East, Milton Keynes, MK14 6LS

miltonkeynes.enquiries@genesiscare.com

Newmarket

The Oaks, Fordham Road, Newmarket, CB8 7XN

newmarket.enquiries@genesiscare.com

Windsor

69 Alma Road, Windsor, SL4 3HD

windsor.enquiries@genesiscare.com

Treatment

Hodgkin lymphoma is usually treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy.