What is Hodgkin lymphoma?

Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer that starts in the lymphatic system. Find out how common it is and who might get it.

Symptoms of Hodgkin lymphoma

The most common symptom of Hodgkin lymphoma is swollen lymph nodes. Check the possible symptoms of Hodgkin lymphoma and when to see your doctor.

Getting diagnosed

How to get the most out of seeing your GP, when you should see a specialist and what tests you might have.


Find out about survival for Hodgkin lymphoma.


The main treatments for Hodgkin lymphoma include chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The treatment you have depends on a number of things such as the type and stage of Hodgkin lymphoma and your general health.

Types of Hodgkin lymphoma

The two types of Hodgkin lymphoma are classical Hodgkin lymphoma and nodular lymphocyte predominant Hodgkin lymphoma (NLPHL). There are also subtypes. Knowing the type helps your doctor choose the right treatment.

Stages of Hodgkin lymphoma

The stage shows whether the lymphoma is in one area of your body (localised) or has spread to other areas.There are 4 stages for Hodgkin lymphoma.

Research and clinical trials

Find out about the latest UK research looking at Hodgkin lymphoma.

Living with Hodgkin lymphoma

Get practical and emotional support to help you cope with a diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma, and life during and after treatment.

Risks and causes

Factors that increase the risk of Hodgkin lymphoma include a lowered immune system and the Epstein Barr Virus (EBV). Read about these and other risk factors. 

Last reviewed: 
27 Nov 2023
Next review due: 
27 Nov 2026