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Hodgkin Lymphoma (Hodgkin’s Disease)

MSK medical oncologist Ariela Noy

Hodgkin lymphoma (Hodgkin’s disease) is an uncommon form of lymphoma. It is distinguished by the presence of large abnormal tumor cells called Hodgkin Reed-Sternberg cells. Although Hodgkin lymphoma can occur in both children and adults, it is usually diagnosed in young adults between 20 and 34. Read more about lymphoma in children.

Hodgkin lymphoma has two main subtypes: classical Hodgkin lymphoma and nodular lymphocyte predominant Hodgkin lymphoma. More than 90 percent of Hodgkin lymphoma patients have classical Hodgkin lymphoma. There are four subtypes of classical Hodgkin lymphoma, including:

  • nodular sclerosis Hodgkin lymphoma
  • mixed cellularity Hodgkin lymphoma
  • lymphocyte-rich Hodgkin’s disease
  • lymphocyte-depleted Hodgkin’s disease