Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

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Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is one of two common cancers of the lymphatic system, with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma being more prevalent. Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is usually associated with people 15-30 or over 55 years of age, with males more than females, a personal history with Epstein-Barr caused illness, family history of lymphoma, and/or a suppressed immune system possibly from HIV/AIDS or immune suppressing medications. Although there are various forms of Hodgkin’s lymphoma and their cause remains unknown, doctors can explain that previously healthy cells develop a genetic mutation and become unusually large, abnormal cells. These cancer cells divide quickly and continue living when ordinary infection-fighting cells would die. Lymph nodes swell as mutated cells spread. Other symptoms may include fatigue, night sweats, weight loss, decreased appetite, itching, and increased sensitivity to, or pain in lymph nodes from, consuming alcohol. For more information on Hodgkin’s lymphoma, how to prepare for an appointment, tests and diagnosis, and treatment, visit mayoclinic.org and schedule a visit with an appropriate medical professional.

Treatment options include chemotherapy (drug treatment taken in pill form and/or intravenously – side effects include anxiety, nausea, and hair loss, with risk of serious long-term complications); radiation therapy (targeted high-energy beams attack affected areas – may cause fatigue and long-term side effects); and stem cell transplant (your own blood cells are collected, frozen, and re-injected after high-dose chemo and/or radiation).

Complementary medicines such as Music Therapy can decrease anxiety, stress, nausea, and pain; support healthy coping strategies; elevate mood; enhance relaxation; increase opportunities for self-expression; and increase overall social, emotional, and psychological well-being.