General Information About Childhood Hodgkin Lymphoma
Possible signs of childhood Hodgkin lymphoma include swollen lymph nodes, fever, night sweats, and weight loss.
These and other symptoms may be caused by childhood Hodgkin lymphoma or by other conditions. A doctor should be consulted if any of the following problems occur:
- Painless, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, chest, underarm, or groin.
- Night sweats.
- Weight loss for no known reason.
- Itchy skin.
Tests that examine the lymph system are used to detect (find) and diagnose childhood Hodgkin lymphoma.
The following tests and procedures may be used:
Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options.
The prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options depend on the following:
- The stage of the cancer.
- The size of the tumor and how quickly it shrinks after initial treatment.
- The patient's symptoms when diagnosed.
- Certain features of the cancer cells.
- Whether the cancer is newly diagnosed, does not respond to initial treatment, or has recurred (come back).
The treatment options also depend on:
- The child's age and gender.
- The risk of long-term side effects.
Most children and adolescents with newly diagnosed Hodgkin lymphoma can be cured.