Cancer of the lymph tissue is Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Stem cell surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy are ways and means to treat Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The National Institutes of Health pegs a 10-year Hodgkin Lymphoma Survival rate and 80 percent chance of survival if the disease is treated early. If there is a late diagnosis and the disease has reach the advance stages, the survival rate goes down to 60 percent for a period of five years.
Hodgkins Lymphoma affects the lymph nodes, liver, spleen and bone marrow. The symptoms to look out for Hodgkins Lymphoma are swelling of the lymph nodes, loss of appetite, sudden weight loss, night sweats, and fever.
The people ages between 15 to 35 and recently ages 55 to 70 are the most affected by Hodgkin Lymphoma. The Hodgkin lymphoma survival rate for this age groups is quite higher compared to others.
It is important to check with a physician if the symptoms of Hodgkin Lymphoma starts showing in one’s body. It is better that the disease may be diagnosed and treated early, or the result may turn out to be just an infection.
Doctors use different methods to diagnose this disease, by biopsies of bone marrow, lymph nodes or other tissues where the diseases is hiding. There are a lot of methods to also check the how advance the disease is, they are CT or PET scans, chemistry tests, and bone marrow biopsies. It is important to have this diagnose at an early stage, the Hodgkin Lymphoma survival rate is higher if detected early.
To determine how far the disease has advance, one has to look into the different stages. Stage 1 Hodgkin Lymphoma is when the patient has only one lymph node affected. If there are already two lymph nodes that are affected, and it is on the same side of the diaphragm, then the disease has reached the second stage.
Stage 3 is when the lymph nodes in both diaphragm is affected, leading to the last stage when the disease has already spread to other tissues and organs. Hodgkin survival rate is bright if it is detected during stage 1 and 2. If the disease is diagnosed at 3 and 4, then outlook is bleak. Treatments like radiotherapy and chemotherapy is required.