Pediatric Hodgkin Disease

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Elaine Reiche December 2010 HEALTH SCIENCE TECH II Pediatric Hodgkin Lymphoma New advances in treatments Elaine Reiche 12/9/2010 Page 1 of 6
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Elaine Reiche December 2010 Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer of the lymph tissue. It can be found in the lymph nodes, spleen, liver, bone marrow, lungs and other parts of the body. The exact cause of Hodgkin’s lymphoma is not known but an infection with the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is thought to contribute to most Hodgkin’s lymphoma cases. The first sign of Hodgkin lymphoma is generally enlarged lymph nodes. The disease can spread to other lymph nodes and eventually spread to other organs of the body. This cancer predominates in people ages 15-35 and 50-70, many cases are also seen in children under the age of 15. Doctors diagnose this cancer after a biopsy has been performed. The earlier the patient is diagnosed, the better their chances are at survival. In most cases, Hodgkin lymphoma can be cured. Cindy Schwartz, MD is the director of pediatric oncology at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Rhode Island. Her research focus is on Hodgkin disease, osteosarcoma and the effects of cancer therapy in children. Specifically, she studies the complications presented later in life. Mainly fatigue and cardiac and cognitive toxicity in cancer survivors. Through her studies, she
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