Hodgkin Lymphoma Statistics
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- In 2019, about 8,110 Americans will be diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma and about 1,000 will die from the disease.
- In Texas, for Hodgkin lymphoma, there are expected to be 697 cases, with 104 deaths in 2019.
- Hodgkin lymphoma occurs most often in early adulthood (especially the 20s) and late adulthood (age 55 and older). The disease is rare in children under 5 years old, but is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in teens from 15 to 19 years old.
Hodgkin Lymphoma Risk Factors
A few risk factors increase the risk of Hodgkin lymphoma; however, many people who are diagnosed may have few or no risk factors. Potential risk factors include:
- HIV infection
- Those in their 20s or 55 and older
- Male gender
- Mononucleosis/Epstein-Barr virus infection
- Parent or siblings with Hodgkin lymphoma
- Auto-immune diseases
- Immune suppression after organ transplant
Hodgkin Lymphoma Symptoms and Signs
The following may be symptoms of Hodgkin lymphoma but could be linked to other health conditions. If the following symptoms are present, individuals are encouraged to consult their physician. A symptom particular to Hodgkin lymphoma is alcohol sensitivity, or pain in the lymph nodes after consuming alcohol. Potential symptoms include:
- Swollen lymph nodes especially in the neck, underarm, or groin
- Night sweats or unexplained fever
- Unexplained weight loss
- Coughing and difficulty breathing
- Pain behind breast bone
- Loss of appetite
- Unexplained pain anywhere in the body following alcohol consumption
Hodgkin Lymphoma Prevention
There is no known prevention for Hodgkin lymphoma.
Hodgkin Lymphoma Treatment
Hodgkin lymphoma is highly treatable, especially in young patients. Depending on the stage and type, treatment options can vary and may involve one or more members of the cancer care team – hematologists, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists. Treatment options may be tailored based on the type of Hodgkin lymphoma, stage, location, symptoms, age, the patient’s overall health, possible side effects of the treatment, and the patient’s preferences. Treatment can include steroid therapy, chemotherapy, stem cell transplantation, monoclonal antibody therapy, immunotherapy, radiation, proton therapy, or a combination of treatments.