Hodgkin disease is a type of lymphoma. Lymphoma is cancer of lymph tissue found in the lymph nodes, spleen, liver, and bone marrow. The first sign of Hodgkin disease is often an enlarged lymph node. The disease can spread to nearby lymph nodes. Later it may spread to the lungs, liver or bone marrow. The cause is unknown.
Hodgkin disease is rare. Symptoms include
- painless swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck, armpits, or groin
- fever and chills
- night sweats
- weight loss
- loss of appetite
- itchy skin
Doctors can diagnose Hodgkin disease with a biopsy. This involves removing and examining a piece of tissue under a microscope. Treatment varies depending on how far the disease has spread and often includes radiation therapy or chemotherapy.
The earlier the disease is diagnosed, the more effective the treatment. In most cases, Hodgkin disease can be cured.
For more information, visit www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/hodgkindisease.html.