Hodgkin lymphoma is a relatively rare disease with around 75 New Zealanders each year being diagnosed with this disease.
Hodgkin Lymphoma (formerly known as Hodgkin’s Disease) is cancer of the lymphatic system, part of the immune system, and mainly affects the lymphocytes. Hodgkin lymphoma differs from non-Hodgkin lymphoma as it is characterised by the presence of a particular cancer cell, known as the Reed-Sternberg cell.
Hodgkin lymphoma can be cured; this is especially true for younger patients who are diagnosed with early-stage disease. Advanced stage Hodgkin lymphoma can also be treated very successfully and cured in a high proportion of patients.