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Hodgkin's lymphoma

There are two main groups of Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL):

  • classical 
  • nodular lymphocyte-rich

Treatment of nodular lymphocyte-rich HL and classic HL differ to some extent. 

Almost 90% of patients are cured of HL. It is the combination of chemotherapies which has markedly improved the survival. Corticosteroids such as prednisolone are also used in many treatment schedules.

Previously, mostly radiation therapy was given for localized disease, however, this caused many long term side effects. Today, regimens are used in which chemotherapy are combined with smaller radiation fields and lower dosages. For stage III/IV HL, chemotherapy regimens are given.

Incidence

In 2013, 128 patients were diagnosed with HL. The disease is slightly more common in men than women. 

 

Age-specific incidence of Hodgkin's Lymphoma, 2009–2013.

Source: Cancer Registry of Norway

 

 

Incidence of Hodgkin's lymphoma, 1954–2013.

Source: Cancer Registry of Norway

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