Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Hodgkin's Lymphoma Treatment

Treatment for Hodgkin's disease usually includes some combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. A small number may benefit from the surgical removal of the spleen.

Treatment options for Hodgkin's disease may include:

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Hodgkin's Lymphoma Chemotherapy

Early-stage, localized Hodgkin's disease may be adequately treated by localized radiation therapy alone and may not require chemotherapy.

Late-stage disease is usually treated with chemotherapy alone or in combination with radiation therapy. Chemotherapy may include combinations of medications.

Chemotherapy medications for Hodgkin's disease:

Hodgkin's Lymphoma Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of Hodgkin's disease.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
  • Are my children at risk for this condition?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Hodgkin's Lymphoma Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy is most useful for Hodgkin's disease.

Radiation therapy can be given in two forms:

  • Total Nodal Irradiation:
    • All lymph nodes receive radiation
  • Total Body Irradiation:
    • The entire body receives radiation

Complications of radiation therapy include:

Hodgkin's Lymphoma Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat Hodgkin's disease:

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Last Updated: Dec 15, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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