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How treatable is Hodgkin's disease? If my friend were to undergo Chemotherapy what are the recovery rates?

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Hello!
You need to understand that there are many factors involved regarding treatment and the outcome of the Hodgkin's disease. The first and the most important factor is the stage of the disease. Other factors include the age of the patient, symptoms, the number and regions of lymph nodes affected and whether only one or both sides of your diaphragm are involved, patient’s overall health, etc
The purpose of the treatment is to destroy malignant cells and bring the disease into remission.
Is your friend signed up for chemo or are you just suggesting possible treatments?
Chemotherapy is ordered when the disease has progressed and involved more lymph nodes or other organs. If the disease is limited to one area of the body, such as in stage I or II, radiotherapy is used. Treatment for higher-stage of Hodgkin's disease usually combines radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
With this dual approach, about 85% of people are cured. The cure rate of people with stage III ranges from 70 to 80%. Cure rates for people with stage IV are above 50%.
A person who is cured but has a relapse (lymphoma cells reappear) has less of a chance for long-term survival. The cure rate of those who relapse ranges from 10 to 50%. Those who relapse in the first 12 months after initial treatment, cure rates are somewhat lower, whereas the rates for those who relapse later tend to be somewhat higher. Patients who relapse after initial treatment generally are treated with additional chemotherapy at usual doses followed by high doses.
However, self-attitude towards the treatment and illness itself is very important. A patient who suffers from Hodgkin’s disease shouldn’t limit themselves in doing what they normally do and they should be encouraged to do so. They do need rest and relaxation with an emphasis on proper nutrition.
Try to be there for your friend, don’t let him to get discouraged, push him forward….it will do him only good.
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