Hodgkin lymphoma, also known as Hodgkin disease, is cancer of the lymphatic (immune) system which eventually makes the body less able to fight infection.
Northwell Health takes a sophisticated approach to treating Hodgkin lymphoma. The highly regarded experts use the latest technology and research-backed therapies to diagnose and treat all types and stages of Hodgkin lymphoma. The Hematologic Oncology Center, part of Northwell Health Cancer Institute, is home to the Adult Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program, one of the largest in the New York metro area and the only FACT-accredited program in Long Island, Queens and Brooklyn.
Multidisciplinary Hodgkin Lymphoma Cancer Treatment
Northwell Health ensures the most capable pathology review, advanced imaging and outstanding medical oncology and or radiation medicine therapies. And because each variant and presentation of Hodgkin lymphoma can be unique, the physicians customize a treatment plan to fit each patient’s specific needs.
Each diagnosis is unique, so the team meets regularly to discuss personalized treatment plans during weekly multidisciplinary conferences where Hodgkin lymphoma physicians share ideas and best practices for delivering collaborative patient care. The specialists review each treatment phase to constantly improve Hodgkin lymphoma care and ensure treatment milestones are reached
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Symptoms may include:
- Painless enlargement of lymph nodes, spleen or other immune tissue
- Weight loss
- Night sweats
Be aware that these symptoms could be due to conditions other than Hodgkin lymphoma, so it’s best to see a doctor right away.
The first step to making a Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis is usually a physical exam, during which a doctor will look for swollen lymph glands and other signs. A doctor will also consider personal and family medical history. If Hodgkin lymphoma is suspected, the patient will be referred to a specialist for diagnosis.
Specialists use a variety of procedures and tests to deliver an accurate Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis as well as to determine the stage of the cancer (how far the cancer has spread).
- Blood and Urine Tests – Measures the levels of certain antibodies known as immunoglobulins to determine presence of the cancer.
- Flow Cytometry – A lab test that measures the number of cells in a sample, the percentage of live cells, their size and shape, and the presence of tumor markers on the cell surface.
- Bone Marrow Aspiration and Biopsy – A needle is inserted into the hipbone of sternum to get a small piece of bone and bone marrow to determine if the cancer has spread there.
- Lumbar Puncture – A needle is inserted into the spinal column to collect cerebrospinal fluid and look for signs of the cancer.
- Lymph Node Biopsy – A lymph node is removed and examined under a microscope to look for cancer.
- Chest X-rays — Looks for tumors in the chest and lungs.
- CT or CAT scan (computerized axial tomography) — More detailed than an X-ray, this procedure uses a combination of X-rays and computer technology to produce detailed images.
- MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) — A powerful magnet, radio waves and computer imaging combine to create highly detailed pictures of areas inside the body.
- PET scan (positron emission tomography) — Small amounts of radioactive sugar are injected to highlight cancers and areas of infection and inflammation.
- Additionally, ultrasound, Gallium and bone scans may also be used for Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis.
The extent that Hodgkin lymphoma may have spread is measured in many stages and sub-stages from Stage I to Stage IV. With the data from these state-of-the-art tests for Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis, a doctor will develop a customized treatment plan with the best possible outcomes.