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What is Hodgkin lymphoma?

Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of cancer that causes cells in the lymphatic system to abnormally reproduce, eventually making the body less able to fight infection. It is the most common cancer in people ages 15 to 19 and also one of the most treatable.

Hodgkin lymphoma usually begins in the lymph nodes of one part of a child's body, usually the head, neck or chest and then tends to spread from one part of the lymphatic system to the next. In advanced stages, the disease can spread to the lungs, liver, bones, bone marrow or other organs.

How we care for Hodgkin lymphoma

Children and young adults with Hodgkin lymphoma are treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center — a joint partnership between Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children's Hospital — through our Lymphoma Program.

Find in-depth information on Hodgkin lymphoma on the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute website, including answers to:

  • How is Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosed?
  • What is the best treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma?
  • What is the latest research on Hodgkin lymphoma?
  • What is the long-term outlook for children with Hodgkin lymphoma?

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