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If Hodgkin lymphoma comes back

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This page tells you about what happens if your Hodgkin lymphoma comes back. 

 

A quick guide to what's on this page

If Hodgkin lymphoma comes back

If Hodgkin lymphoma comes back it may still be possible to get rid of it again completely. This will mostly depend on

  • How well further treatment works for your type of Hodgkin lymphoma
  • The treatment you have already had
  • Your general health and level of fitness

Even if your lymphoma can't be cured, you will be able to have treatment to shrink the enlarged lymph nodes. Treatment may include radiotherapy, chemotherapy, or intensive treatment with bone marrow or stem cell transplant. People who have the rare type of lymphocyte predominant Hodgkin lymphoma may have the biological therapy rituximab (Mabthera).

Your feelings

It can be very hard to cope with the news that your cancer has come back. Even if your doctor still hopes to cure you. You may want to think about having counselling. A trained counsellor can help you to talk about your fears and worries. And sometimes it feels easier to talk to someone outside your family and friends. Look in our coping with cancer section to find out about counselling.

 

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Treatment if Hodgkin lymphoma comes back

If Hodgkin lymphoma comes back, it may still be possible to get rid of it again completely. This will mostly depend on

  • How well further treatment works for your type of Hodgkin lymphoma
  • The treatment you have already had
  • Your general health and level of fitness

For some people, treatment can cure Hodgkin lymphoma that comes back. Even if your lymphoma can't be cured, you will be able to have treatment to shrink the enlarged lymph nodes. You may then be very well for some time. 

The treatment for classical Hodgkin lymphoma that has come back may include any of the following treatments or a combination.

People who have the rare type of lymphocyte predominant Hodgkin lymphoma may have the biological therapy rituximab (Mabthera).

 

Your feelings

It can be very hard to cope with the news that your cancer has come back. You may feel very shocked and anxious even if treatment is still likely to get rid of your lymphoma again completely.

Talking to friends and family about your feelings can help. You may also want to think about having counselling. A trained counsellor can help you to talk about your fears and worries. And sometimes it feels easier to talk to someone outside your family and friends. Many people with cancer find that counselling can help them to deal with their emotions and to discuss any difficulties that they have. To find a counsellor, look at our counselling organisations page.

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Updated: 19 June 2013