Lymphoma - Hodgkins and non-Hodgkins

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The Swedish Cancer Institute offers patients with lymphoma – both Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s – the expertise of highly trained physicians and other cancer specialists. They are supported by a multidisciplinary approach to care, the latest diagnostic techniques, state-of-the-art treatment options and a wide selection of quality support services.

Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer of the lymph system and is diagnosed by identifying a characteristic cell under the microscope (the Reed-Sternberg cell). Hodgkin’s lymphoma typically begins in the lymph nodes in one region of the body and then spreads through the lymph system in a predictable manner. It may also spread outside the lymph system to other organs such as the lungs, liver, bone and bone marrow. 

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma also originates in your lymphatic system, when tumors develop from white blood cells (lymphocytes). The tumors can occur at different locations throughout the body – and in all, there are more than 30 types of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It is more than seven times as common as Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and is one of the most rapidly increasing types of cancer in the U.S. 

Treatments and Procedures

A number of treatment options are aimed at eliminating the disease to reach a state of complete remission. Swedish offers a full range of state-of-the-art treatments including:

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Research and Clinical Trials

If your physician believes you are a good candidate to participate in a clinical trial evaluating a new treatment or more effective combinations of treatments — and you agree — you will have access to the very latest in research treatments.

At any given time, the Swedish Cancer Institute offers patients more than 140 clinical-research studies involving most types of cancers.  Additionally, our physician specialists collaborate with other regional and national research groups, including  Southwest Oncology Group, National Cancer Institute, Puget Sound Oncology Consortium and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Education and Support for Patients and Families

Beyond physical health, the Swedish Cancer Institute is committed to the emotional well-being of our patients and their families. We offer:

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See Patient Support and Resources and Services for the Body, Mind and Spirit at Swedish.

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