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Statistics and outlook for Hodgkin lymphoma

Outlook means the likely outcome of your disease and treatment. Doctors call this prognosis. With Hodgkin lymphoma, the likely outcome depends on how advanced the cancer is when it is diagnosed (the stage). The treatment of Hodgkin lymphoma is often very successful and many people are cured. We have detailed information about the likely outcome of different stages of Hodgkin lymphoma. The statistics we use are taken from a variety of sources, including the opinions and experience of the experts who check this section. They are intended as a general guide only. For information about the likely prognosis in your case, you need to speak to your own specialist.

We include statistics because people ask for them, but not everyone wants to read this type of information. Remember that you can skip this page if you don't want to read it. You can always come back to it later.

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No statistics can tell you exactly what will happen to you. Your cancer is unique. The same type of cancer can grow at different rates in different people. The statistics cannot tell you about the different treatments people may have had, or how that treatment may have affected their prognosis. There are many individual factors that will affect your treatment and your outlook.


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Hodgkin lymphoma survival

Find out about survival for Hodgkin lymphoma.

People ask us for this information but not everyone with cancer wants to read it. So, if you aren’t sure whether you want to know at the moment, you can come back to it later.

These are general statistics based on large groups of patients. They can’t tell you what will happen in your individual case.

No one can tell you exactly how long you’ll live with Hodgkin lymphoma. It depends on your individual situation, treatment and level of fitness.

Your doctor can give you more information about your own outlook (prognosis). Or you can talk to the Cancer Research UK nurses on freephone 0808 800 4040, from 9 to 5, Monday to Friday.


Survival by stage

No UK-wide statistics are available for different stages of Hodgkin lymphoma or individual treatments.

The following statistics come from a 2012 British review paper about Hodgkin lymphoma and are based on the results from large international trials.

Stage 1 and stage 2

More than 90 out of 100 people (more than 90%) survive for 5 years or more after diagnosis.

Stage 3 and stage 4

Between 75 and 90 out of 100 people (between 75 and 90%) will survive for 5 years or more after they are diagnosed.

Even if Hodgkin lymphoma comes back, it can often be treated successfully again. It is slightly less likely to be cured if it has come back. But treatment can still often keep it under control for long periods (years) at a time.

Read more about the stages of Hodgkin lymphoma.


Survival for all stages of Hodgkin lymphoma

Generally, for people with Hodgkin lymphoma in England and Wales

  • around 90 out of 100 (around 90%) survive their cancer for 1 year or more after diagnosis
  • almost 90 out of 100 (almost 90%) survive their cancer for 5 years or more after diagnosis
  • 80 out of 100 people (80%) survive their cancer for 10 years or more after they are diagnosed

What affects survival

Your outcome depends on the stage of the lymphoma when it was diagnosed. This means whereabouts the lymphoma has spread in your body. Your stage also depends on what symptoms you have when you are diagnosed.

Your sex and age also affect outlook. Hodgkin lymphoma survival is higher in women than men. And survival is highest for people diagnosed aged under 40 years old.


About these statistics

5 year survival doesn't mean you will only live for 5 years. It relates to the number of people who live 5 years or more after their diagnosis of cancer. Many people live much longer than 5 years.

The 1, 5 and 10 year survival statistics for all stages of Hodgkin lymphoma are for relative survival. Relative survival takes into account that some people will die of causes other than cancer. This gives a more accurate picture of cancer survival.


Clinical trials

Research evidence shows that taking part in clinical trials may improve outlook. No one is completely sure why this is. It is probably partly to do with your doctors and nurses monitoring you more closely if you are in a trial. For example, you may have more scans and blood tests. There is more information in our trials and research section. You can search for trials for Hodgkin lymphoma on our clinical trials database.

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More statistics

Read more about understanding statistics in cancer research and incidence, mortality and survival statistics.

For more in-depth information about survival and other statistics for womb cancer, go to our Cancer Statistics section.

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Updated: 29 December 2014