Hodgkin’s lymphoma, formerly known as Hodgkin’s Disease, is a type of lymphoma—a cancer that originates in the white blood cells, or lymphocytes. You may have also heard of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, another common cancer of the lymphatic system. (The other type, non-Hodgkin’s, is far more common.)
If a person has Hodgkin’s lymphoma, cells in their lymphatic system grow abnormally and may also spread beyond the lymphatic system. As Hodgkin’s lymphoma progresses, it compromises your body’s ability to fight infection.
Hodgkin’s lymphoma was once considered fatal, but advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of the cancer have created a lot of hope. Although every situation is unique, Hodgkin’s lymphoma is now considered highly treatable and many patients have the potential for making a full recovery.
Common Symptoms of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
The Mayo Clinic offers a list of common warning signs and symptoms of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. They may include some of the following:
- Painless swelling of lymph nodes in your neck, armpits or groin
- Persistent fatigue
- Fever and chills
- Night sweats
- Unexplained weight loss — as much as 10 percent or more of your body weight
- Coughing, trouble breathing or chest pain
- Loss of appetite
- Increased sensitivity to the effects of alcohol or pain in your lymph nodes after drinking alcohol
These symptoms may be caused by a variety of other medical conditions, but it important to see your see your doctor if you begin to notice changes in your body. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Help Spread Awareness of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Here at Awareness Gift Boutique, we understand how scary it can be if you or a loved one is living with Hodgkin’s lymphoma or any other medical condition. We are comprised of cancer survivors, survivor spouses, and other caring individuals who realize the importance of spreading the word. Awareness is the key to early detection, and we are here to spread awareness for those causes that matter—such as Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Our Lymphoma department features a variety of apparel and gifts for both Hodgkin’s lymphoma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma awareness, and you may enjoy wearing some of the following T-shirts to show your support:
The informational content of this blog is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.