Hodgkin Disease


Hodgkin disease is a malignancy of the lymphatic system, affecting predominantly young adults. Advances in diagnosis, staging and treatment in the last 30 years have allowed long‐term cure in the majority of patients. Current challenges include better understanding of the aetiology and pathophysiology of the disease, optimization of control rates especially in patients with unfavourable prognosis or advanced‐stage disease, modification of therapeutic approaches to reduce the risk of long‐term complications, and increasing the awareness of patients and physicians of the potential late effects of treatment so that patients can receive appropriate follow‐up care.

Keywords: Hodgkin disease; lymphoma; Reed–Sternberg cells; radiation therapy; chemotherapy


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Ng, Andrea K, and Mauch, Peter M(Apr 2001) Hodgkin Disease. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0002170]