Hodgkin's Disease is cancer that involves the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is composed of the lymph glands, the lymphatics (small vessels), and the spleen. Hodgkin's disease is most common between 15 and 35 years of age. It is rare under 10 years of age. Based on microscopic appearances, there are four major types of Hodgkin's disease. However, there is no significant difference in the outcome of the patient, when the extent of the disease is similar for the various forms.
Causes of Hodgkin's Disease
The cause of Hodgkin's disease is not known.
Signs and Symptoms of Hodgkin's Disease
The hallmark of this disease is painless lumps that develop in the armpit, neck and groin. The lumps, or enlarged lymph nodes, are firm and rubbery. Intermittent fevers and night sweats occur. Loss of appetite and weight loss develop. Fatigue and a general ill feeling develops. Anemia, jaundice and bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract may occur. These changes can produce shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, pallor, and black, tarry stools.
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