Find out about survival for Hodgkin lymphoma.
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.
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're diagnosed.
Even if Hodgkin lymphoma comes back, it can often be treated successfully again. It's 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.
Hodgkin’s lymphoma in adults
W Townsend and D Lynch
The Lancet, 2012, Volume 380, Issue 9844
Survival for all stages
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
Statistics provided by the Statistical Information Team at Cancer Research UK.
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. They relate to the number of people who are still alive 1 year or 5 years after their diagnosis of cancer.
Some 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.
Research into treatments is continuing to improve the outlook for people with Hodgkin lymphoma. We have detailed information about clinical trials on this website. You can also search our clinical trials database for UK trials into Hodgkin lymphoma.
For more in depth information about survival and other statistics for Hodgkin lymphoma, go to our Cancer Statistics section.