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Survival

Survival depends on many different factors. So no one can tell you exactly how long you will live. It depends on your:

  • type and stage of cancer
  • level of fitness
  • previous treatment

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

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

Survival by stage

There are no UK-wide statistics available for Hodgkin lymphoma survival by stage.

Survival statistics are available for each stage of Hodgkin lymphoma in England. These figures are for people diagnosed between 2013 and 2017. These statistics are non-age-standardised which means they don't take into account the age of the people with Hodgkin lymphoma. 

Stage 1

90 out of 100 people (90%) will survive their Hodgkin lymphoma for 5 years or more after diagnosis. 

Stage 2

Around 90 out of 100 people (around 90%) will survive their Hodgkin lymphoma for 5 years or more after diagnosis.

Stage 3

Around 80 out of 100 people (around 80%) will survive their Hodgkin lymphoma for 5 years or more after diagnosis.

Stage 4

More than 70 out of 100 people (more than 70%) will survive their Hodgkin lymphoma for 5 years or more after being diagnosed.

Survival for all stages

Generally, for people with Hodgkin lymphoma in England:

  • around 90 out of 100 (around 90%) survive their cancer for 1 year or more after diagnosis
  • more than 80 out of 100 (more than 80%) survive their cancer for 5 years or more after diagnosis
  • 75 out of 100 people (75%) survive their cancer for 10 years or more after they are diagnosed

What affects survival

Your outcome depends on the stage of the lymphoma at diagnosis. This means where the lymphoma is in your body and whether it has spread. Your stage also depends on whether you had certain symptoms when you were diagnosed, such as weight loss, night sweats, or high temperatures.

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

The terms 1 year survival and 5 year survival don't mean that you will only live for 1 or 5 years. Some people live much longer than 5 years.

More statistics

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

For more in depth information about survival and other statistics for Hodgkin lymphoma, go to our Cancer Statistics section.

Last reviewed: 
09 Oct 2020
Next review due: 
09 Oct 2023
  • Cancer survival by stage at diagnosis for England, 2019
    Office for National Statistics