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Hodgkin lymphoma 

The information on this page was reviewed and approved by
Maurie Markman, MD, President, Medicine & Science at CTCA.

This page was updated on July 14, 2021.

Hodgkin lymphoma requires expert care. Know your options.

Hodgkin lymphoma, formerly known as Hodgkin's disease, is a rare cancer that develops in the lymphatic system, which circulates through lymph nodes and other organs, filtering out impurities and infections. Fewer than 9,000 cases of Hodgkin lymphoma are diagnosed every year, making it the least common of the four major types of blood cancer. Considering its complexities and similarities to other blood cancers, it is important to consult with an experienced team of cancer doctors and clinicians trained to accurately diagnose the disease and develop a treatment plan tailored to each patient's needs.

At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), our medical oncologists, hematologist-oncologists and other experts have years of experience delivering the standard-of-care and precision cancer treatments available to treat Hodgkin lymphoma. Our whole-person care model is also designed to support patients throughout their treatment journey, offering supportive care services to help them manage side effects and maintain their quality of life.

What you should know after a hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis

Treatment options


The five-year survival rate for patients treated for Hodgkin lymphoma is more than 85 percent. Depending on the specifics of your disease and needs, your treatment plan may include a stem-cell transplant, radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy, or a combination of these. You may also be a candidate for immunotherapy. Common treatments for Hodgkin lymphoma include:

This burgeoning form of cancer treatment is designed to help stimulate the immune system, to help immune cells better identify and attack cancer cells.

Stem cell transplant
Stem cell transplantation may be an option for patients with Hodgkin lymphoma that relapsed or did not respond to initial treatments.

Chemotherapy for patients often consists of taking several drugs together in a set regimen.

Radiation therapy
Radiation therapy may be used to destroy lymphoma cells to prevent them from spreading or to shrink painful tumors in the spleen or lymph nodes.

Learn more about treatments for Hodgkin lymphoma

Supportive care

The symptoms of Hodgkin lymphoma, such as fatigue, loss of appetite and pain, and the side effects of treatment may require supportive care services to help you maintain your quality of life. At CTCA, your team of experts may suggest supportive care to help manage your side effects and help keep you strong during and after your treatment. Those therapies may include:


​Nutritional support

Every patient has the option of meeting with a registered dietitian.


Behavioral health

​Our behavioral health support program is designed to support you and your caregivers before, during and after cancer treatment.


​Pain management

Pain management is a branch of medicine focused on reducing pain and improving quality of life through an integrative approach to care.

Stephen Hook

Stephen H.

Hodgkin Lymphoma

"There is so much more to the experience of CTCA than just the treatment. Some people have asked me why I travel for treatment, why I don’t just go somewhere local. Doesn’t it make life complicated? No, it doesn’t. CTCA takes the worry away. Scheduling, appointments, all of these details are taken care of. My response when people ask me about the inconvenience of traveling for treatment is that all I need to do is get there and get myself home. CTCA takes care of everything else."


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