Hodgkin's lymphoma or Hodgkin's disease is diagnosed in fewer than 200,000 individuals in the United States each year. This form of cancer starts in the white blood cells located in the lymphatic system. Treatments for Hodgkin's lymphoma include chemotherapy and radiation and stem-cell transplants in extreme cases. As the disease progresses, it severely limits the body's ability to fight off infections, causing many secondary symptoms.
When cancerous cells develop in the lymphatic system, the lymph nodes become inflamed and swollen. The swelling can range in severity, sometimes becoming quite apparent and turning the glands into hard, painful knots. This symptom is why it is important to see a medical professional whenever lasting lymph node changes are not clearly related to a sore throat or other minor infection.
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