What You Need To Know About™ Hodgkin Lymphoma

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This booklet is about Hodgkin lymphoma. This type of cancer starts in the lymph system. Another name for this cancer is Hodgkin disease. Learning about medical care for your cancer can help you take an active part in making choices about your care.

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This booklet covers:

  • The lymph system and basics about Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Tests you may need to have
  • Treatments for Hodgkin lymphoma, including taking part in cancer treatment research studies

This booklet has lists of questions that can help you talk with your doctor. Many people find it helpful to take a list of questions to a doctor visit.

This booklet is not about non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a different disease with different treatments options. Visit our Lymphoma page for the latest information about non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

The information in this booklet was last updated in July 2013.