Cancer Types — Hodgkin Lymphoma

Through his Kansas practice Central Care Cancer Center, Dr. Mark Fesen delivers a high standard of treatment to patients impacted by a wide variety of cancers, including lymphomas. A professionally engaged specialist, Dr. Mark Fesen belongs to the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research.

When doctors inform their patients that they have lymphoma, they mean that patents’ lymphatic cells have mutated such that they reproduce prolifically and abnormally. Lymphomas come in many types, one of which is Hodgkin lymphoma.

Hodgkin lymphoma originates in white blood cells referred to as lymphocytes. As a result of damage to their DNA, lymphocytes become cancerous and grow into lymph node tumors. Experts differentiate Hodgkin lymphoma from other types by looking for tell-tale signs like Reed-Sternberg cells.

Treatments for Hodgkin lymphoma include radiation therapy and chemotherapy. The cancer responds well to treatment, as evidenced by its roughly 70 percent five-year survival rate. If caught in its earliest stages, Hodgkin lymphoma has a 90 percent five-year survival rate.