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Hodgkin Lymphoma Stories
Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment

Adult Hodgkin Lymphoma is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the lymph system. Explore below for stories from real patients about their journey battling Hodgkin lymphoma – from symptoms, to diagnosis (or misdiagnosis), to treatment, and how they handled the mental and emotional stress.

Hodgkin Lymphoma Stories

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Hodgkin Lymphoma: Nodular Sclerosis, Stage 1B | Madi’s Story

Madi Jones, Nodular Sclerosis, Stage 1B



Cancer details: Most common and most treatable form of Hodgkin lymphoma
1st Symptoms:
Shortness of breath
Treatment:
3 rounds (6 infusions) of ABVD chemo
Hodgkin Lymphoma: Classical HL, Stage 2 | Danielle’s Story

Danielle Doyle, Hodgkin, Stage 2



Cancer details: Diagnosed at age 25
1st Symptoms: Swollen lump on right side of neck/chest area, continued to grow
Treatment: ABVD chemotherapy (3 cycles = 6 infusions)
Hodgkin Lymphoma, Classical HL, Stage 2 | Lani’s Story

Lani Skelley, Hodgkin, Stage 2



Cancer details: Tumor pressing on heart
1st Symptoms: Appendicitis led to CT scan that found tumor
Treatment: ABVD chemotherapy, 7 cycles
Hodgkin Lymphoma: Classical HL, Stage 2A, Adolescent Cancer | Logan’s Story

Logan Agee, Hodgkin, Stage 2A



Cancer details: Diagnosed at age 15
1st Symptoms:
Lump in neck & fatigue
Treatment:
4 cycles of ABVE-PC chemo
Hodgkin Lymphoma: Classical, Stage 2A | Helicon’s Story

Helicon Kuan, Hodgkin, Stage 2A



Cancer details: Found lymphoma cells in adenoid tissue
1st Symptoms: Difficulty breathing with blockage in nose, surgery to remove tissue resulted in discovery of Hodgkin lymphoma cells
Treatment: ABVD chemotherapy (4 cycles), radiation (20 sessions)
Hodgkin Lymphoma: Nodular Sclerosis, Stage 2A, Relapse | Lauren’s Story

Lauren Chiarello, Hodgkin, Stage 2A



Cancer details: Diagnosed at 23 years old with nodular sclerosis, relapsed after 6 months of 1st-line treatment
1st Symptoms: Itchy body, enlarged lymph node over collar bone
Treatment: ABVD chemotherapy and ICE, radiation, and stem cell transplant for relapse
Hodgkin Lymphoma: Classical HL, Stage 2A | Wade’s Story

Wade Winslow, Hodgkin, Stage 2A



Cancer details: Diagnosed at 18 years old
1st Symptoms: Enlarged lymph nodes (around neck), diagnosed at 18 years old
Treatment: ABVD chemotherapy (2 cycles), AVD chemotherapy (4 cycles)
Hodgkin Lymphoma: Classical HL, Stage 2BX (Bulky), Relapse | Fabiola’s Story

Fabiola Lopez, Hodgkin, Stage 2BX



Cancer details: Stage 2 with bulky disease, relapsed after 1st chemo. Remission after 2nd chemo & bone marrow transplant
1st Symptoms: Shortness of breath, dry cough, fatigue
Treatment: ABVD chemo (6 cycles), IGEV chemo, bone marrow transplant, BEAM chemo, brentuximab
Hodgkin Lymphoma: Classical HL, Stage 2BX (Bulky) | Stephanie’s Story

Stephanie Ou, Hodgkin, Stage 2B



Cancer details: Stage 2 with bulky disease
1st Symptoms: Shortness of breath, dry cough
Treatment: Stanford V chemotherapy (12 weeks, 1 infusion each week), radiation (20 days)
Hodgkin Lymphoma: Classical HL, Stage 2B | Charlie’s Story

Charlie Brickham, Hodgkin, Stage 2B



Cancer details: Diagnosed at 32
1st Symptoms: Lump in neck
Treatment: ABVD chemotherapy
Hodgkin Lymphoma, Classical HL, Stage 2B | Katee’s Story

Katee Petro, Hodgkin, Stage 2B



Cancer details: Accidentally found in x-ray after months of symptoms
1st Symptoms: Night sweats, fatigue, extreme itchiness, persistent cough
Treatment: Clinical trial; AAVD chemo, immunotherapy
Hodgkin Lymphoma: Stage 2BX | Mara’s Story

Mara Thrasher, Stage 2BX (Bulky)



1st Symptoms: Shortness of breath, back pains, daily migraines
Treatment: 3 rounds of ABVD, 3 rounds AVD, Radiation
Topics: Self-advocacy, mental health
Hodgkin Lymphoma: Classical, Stage 2X | Jade’s Story

Jade Blouin, Hodgkin, Stage 2X



Cancer details: Diagnosed at 21 years old
1st Symptoms: Itchy legs and feet
Treatment: ABVD chemotherapy (4 treatments), AVD (remaining treatments)
Hodgkin Lymphoma: Classical, Stage 3, Relapse | Tylere’s Story

Tylere Presley, Hodgkin, Stage 3



Cancer details: Mother is a nurse practitioner; suspected cancer
1st Symptoms: Swollen lymph nodes in neck
Treatment: Clinical trial; Chemotherapy, BMT
Hodgkin Lymphoma: Classical HL Stage 3A, Refractory Diagnosis Gray Zone Lymphoma | Kayla’s Story

Kayla Tremblett, Hodgkin, Stage 3A



Cancer details: Possibly misdiagnosed the first time; later diagnosed as grey zone lymphoma
1st Symptoms: Pulled muscle in chest
Treatment: ABVD chemo, radiation, high-dose chemo, stem cell transplant
Hodgkin Lymphoma: Classical HL, Stage 3B | Erica’s Story

Erica Hernandez, Hodgkin, Stage 3B



Cancer details: Staged at 3B
1st Symptoms: Intense itchiness, fatigue, night sweats, weight loss
Treatment:ABVD chemotherapy, 6 cycles (12 infusions)
Hodgkin Lymphoma: Classical, Stage 4 | CC’s Story

CC Webster, Hodgkin, Stage 4



Cancer details: Diagnosed at 29, misdiagnosed as mono
1st Symptoms: Achiness, extreme fatigue, reactive rash on chest and neck. Later: chills, night sweats
Treatment: ABVD chemotherapy (6 cycles)
Hodgkin Lymphoma: Classical, Nodular Sclerosis, Stage 4A | Lia’s Story

Lia Sartorio, Nodular Sclerosis, Stage 4A



Cancer details: Most common and most treatable form of Hodgkin lymphoma
1st Symptoms:
Extreme lower back pain
Treatment:
ABVD chemotherapy
Hodgkin Lymphoma: Stage 4B | Ava’s Story

Ava Toole, Stage 4B



1st Symptoms: Trouble digesting, weak immune system, raised glands, night sweats, chest pain, extreme fatigue
Treatment: 6 cycles of ABVD chemotherapy
Topics: Emotional grieving, mental health, letting go

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