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Hodgkin lymphoma

Around 150 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma in Ireland each year. Hodgkin lymphoma occurs most often in young people between the ages of 15 and 30 and those over 65, but it can occur at any age.

Hodgkin lymphoma can be treated with chemotherapy, radiotherapy, steroids, targeted therapies and stem cell transplant.

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What is Hodgkin lymphoma?

Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer of your lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system. Read more about the lymphatic system. 

Around 150 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma in Ireland each year.
Lymphoma happens when lymphocyte white blood cells grow in an abnormal way. The abnormal cells start to collect in your lymphatic system, particularly the lymph nodes. This causes swellings, known as lymphomas.

Lymphatic system

What is the lymphatic system and what does it do? 

 The lymphatic system is part of the body’s immune system, which protects us from
infection and disease.

Parts of the lymphatic system

  • Lymph vessels: Transport excess fluid and waste from body tissues and filter bacteria and viruses
  • Lymph nodes (or ‘lymph glands’): Contain infection-fighting white blood cells called lymphocytes. There are two types of lymphocytes, B-cells and T-cells. Lymph nodes often swell when they are fighting infection, which is a normal, healthy response. Lymph nodes are found mainly in the neck, armpit, groin and tummy. 
  • The spleen: Helps to filter out damaged cells from the blood stream and also to fight infection.
  • Other body organs: Your tonsils, adenoids, thymus, spleen and bone marrow.

Sometimes cancer cells spread into lymph nodes or cancer can start in the lymph nodes themselves. 

More information about Hodgkin lymphoma treatment

Treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma includes chemotherapy, radiotherapy, steroids, targeted therapies and stem cell transplant.

For more information about treatments for Hodgkin lymphoma, visit our treatment page. For information about post-treatment and living with lymphoma, see the links below.

More information about Hodgkin lymphoma

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Our cancer support section contains information and advice on coping with cancer for diagnosed patients and their loved ones.

Publications about Hodgkin lymphoma
Downloadable booklets and factsheets

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