A study looking at the causes of Hodgkin lymphoma

Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.

Cancer type:

Blood cancers
Children's cancers
Hodgkin lymphoma





In this study researchers want to look at the possible causes of Hodgkin lymphoma (Hodgkin’s disease). The study is for children as well as adults. We use the term ‘you’ in this summary, but if you are a parent, we are referring to your child.

We don’t know exactly what causes Hodgkin lymphoma. The researchers want to look at tissue and blood samples taken from people with Hodgkin lymphoma to try and find out more. They particularly want to learn more about a virus called Epstein Barr, which we know can be linked to Hodgkin lymphoma.

Researchers will use the samples to look at your DNA Open a glossary item and any viruses Open a glossary item you may have had.

You will not get any direct benefit from taking part in this trial, nor will it affect any treatment you have.

The aim of this study is to

  • Find out more about what causes Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Find out why treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma works better for some people than others

Who can enter

You may be able to enter this trial if you have been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma.

Trial design

This study will recruit people who have recently been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. You will have had a biopsy Open a glossary item and researchers would like your permission to use some of this for their research.

You will have blood samples for the study taken before you start treatment and when you see your cancer specialist. Only adults in the trial will have blood samples taken. The researchers will use these to look at your DNA and any viruses you may have had.

Hospital visits

There are no extra hospital visits for this study. The researchers will use the tissue sample (biopsy) you gave when you were diagnosed. You can give blood samples at your routine visit to hospital to see your cancer specialist.

Side effects

As there are no treatments involved in this trial, the only side effect you may have is a small bruise where you gave the blood sample.

Recruitment start:

Recruitment end:

How to join a clinical trial

Please note: In order to join a trial you will need to discuss it with your doctor, unless otherwise specified.

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Chief Investigator

Professor Ruth Jarrett

Supported by

National Institute for Health Research Cancer Research Network (NCRN)
University of Glasgow

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Last review date

CRUK internal database number:

Oracle - 7036

Please note - unless we state otherwise in the summary, you need to talk to your doctor about joining a trial.

Charlie took part in a trial to try new treatments

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“I think it’s really important that people keep signing up to these type of trials to push research forward.”

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