What are the treatment options for Hodgkin lymphoma (Hodgkin disease)?

Updated: Sep 12, 2018
  • Author: Bradley W Lash, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Treatment of Hodgkin lymphoma is tailored to disease type, disease stage, and an assessment of the risk of resistant disease. Hodgkin lymphoma is considered to be a curable malignancy, but therapies for this disease can have significant long-term toxicity. General treatment modalities include radiation therapy, induction chemotherapy, salvage chemotherapy, and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

The current treatment of Hodgkin lymphoma seeks to maximize the risk-benefit ratio of treatment. Thus, treatment focuses on tailoring therapy to each patient according to age, risk of short-term and long-term toxicity, and risk of relapse.


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