What is the treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma?
Specific treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma will be determined by your child's doctor based on:
Your child's age, overall health, and medical history
Extent/stage and location of the disease
Type of Hodgkin disease
Your child's tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
Expectations for the course of the disease
Your opinion or preference
Treatment may include (alone or in combination):
Aggressive therapy, while increasing long-term survival, also carries some serious side effects. Discuss with your child's doctor a complete list of known side effects for treatment plans and therapies.
What is the long-term outlook for a child with Hodgkin lymphoma?
Prognosis greatly depends on:
The extent of the disease.
Presence or absence of metastasis.
The response to therapy.
Age and overall health of the child.
Your child's tolerance of specific medications, procedures, or therapies.
New developments in treatment.
As with any cancer, prognosis and long-term survival can vary greatly from child to child. Every child is unique and treatment and prognosis are structured around the child. Prompt medical attention and treatment are important for the best prognosis. Continuous follow-up care after treatment is essential for the child diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. Side effects of radiation and chemotherapy, including second cancers, can occur in survivors of Hodgkin lymphoma. New methods are continually being discovered to improve treatment and to decrease side effects.
Chemotherapy is the use of anticancer drugs to treat cancer cells.
Radiation therapy (also called radiation oncology) uses special kinds of energy waves or particles to fight cancer.
Bone marrow transplantation (BMT) is a special therapy for patients with certain cancers or other diseases. The goal of BMT is to transfuse healthy bone marrow cells when unhealthy bone marrow has been eliminated.