About this disease
What it is about
Hodgkin's lymphoma is rare overall, but more common in men than women. The age distribution is biparental - younger people under 30 years and older people over 55 years are most frequently affected. Fortunately, the disease can be cured to a very high percentage even in advanced stages. However, therapies are intensive and consist of chemotherapy and, depending on the stage, additional radiotherapy. In addition to classic Hodgkin's disease, there is another type called nodular lymphocyte-predominant Hodgkin's lymphoma, or NLPHL.
Symptoms and consequences
Affected individuals often initially develop a painless swelling of a lymph gland. In addition, there may be non-specific general complaints such as fever, night sweats or weight loss. An intolerance of alcohol, itching all over the body, and persistent fatigue are also typical.
What we do for you
Examination and diagnosis
In addition to a thorough physical examination, a blood test is necessary. A PET-CT (positron emission tomography) scan can be used to determine the stage of Hodgkin's disease. In addition, a tissue sample is required. In most cases, an entire lymph gland is removed by surgery, which can then be used to make an exact diagnosis. Before starting therapy, the heart is checked by means of echocardiography, lung function is tested and, in the case of young patients who wish to have children, fertility counseling is provided.
Fortunately, Hodgkin's lymphomas have a very high chance of cure even in advanced stages. The therapy always consists of chemotherapy, which is very intensive depending on the stage. In certain situations, this is supplemented by radiotherapy.