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Blood Cancer

Hodgkin Lymphoma

Personalized Treatment Options

Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of cancer in the lymphatic system. It occurs when a lymphocyte (white blood cell) grows abnormally. Hodgkin lymphoma most commonly starts in the lymph nodes in the neck and chest, but it can spread to nearly any other organ or tissue.

There are two main types of Hodgkin lymphoma:

  • Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma, which accounts for roughly 95 percent of cases and is the most curable
  • Lymphocyte-Predominant Hodgkin Lymphoma, which affects more men than women

Hodgkin disease occurs most often during the young adult years or after age 55, but there are other risk factors that may increase the chance of developing this disease.

Specialized Hodgkin Lymphoma Care

Spectrum Health’s blood cancer team is the region’s leader in diagnosing and treating Hodgkin lymphoma. Our team of board-certified oncologists develops a personalized treatment plan for each patient, focusing not only on freeing the body of illness but also on maintaining quality of life.

Faster Time to Diagnosis

People with Hodgkin lymphoma often find out about their disease because of symptoms such as swollen lymph nodes, fevers, fatigue, itching skin or weight loss.

Spectrum Health has one of the most sophisticated diagnostic laboratories in the country—often allowing us to make a diagnosis in just a few hours to a few days. This is significantly faster than most cancer centers.

Hodgkin lymphoma is considered a curable condition. Our treatment plans not only focus on curing the lymphoma, but also reducing the side effects as much as possible. Treatment options for Hodgkin lymphoma include:

Spectrum Health also offers access to clinical trials for Hodgkin lymphoma, including new options in immunotherapy combination treatments.    

Support After Treatment

As with other cancers, some of the treatments used to fight lymphoma can create significant risk for complications. Spectrum Health offers long-term follow-up care for our Hodgkin patients to watch for relapse and side effects from treatment.

Contact Us

For more information or to make an appointment, visit our list of hematological oncologists or call 616.954.9800.

To discuss a blood or bone marrow transplant, visit our list of transplant specialists or call 616.486.5933.

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