Hodgkin Lymphoma Stories

Adult Hodgkin lymphoma is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the lymph system. According to the National Cancer Institute:

  • There are two main types of Hodgkin lymphoma: classical and nodular lymphocyte-predominant.

  • Age, gender, and Epstein-Barr infection can affect the risk of adult Hodgkin lymphoma.

  • Signs of adult Hodgkin lymphoma include swollen lymph nodes, fever, night sweats, and weight loss.

  • Tests that examine the lymph nodes are used to detect (find) and diagnose adult Hodgkin lymphoma.

  • Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options.


Hodgkin, Stage IIA

• Name: Helicon Quan
• Cancer details: Stage IIA
• 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, Stage IIB

• Name: Fabiola Lopez
• Cancer details: Stage II with bulky disease, relapsed after 1st chemo, 2nd chemo & bone marrow transplant before remission
• 1st Symptoms: Shortness of breath, dry cough, fatigue
• Treatment: ABVD chemotherapy (6 cycles), IGEV chemo, bone marrow transplant, BEAM chemo, brentuximab


Hodgkin, Stage IV

• Name: CC Webster
• 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)