21st Century Pediatric Cancer Sourcebook: Childhood Hodgkin Lymphoma - Clinical Data and Practical Information for Patients, Families, and Physicians
Authoritative information and practical advice from the nation's cancer experts about childhood hodgkin lymphoma. Starting with the basics, and advancing to detailed patient-oriented and physician-quality information, this comprehensive compilation provides complete coverage of the diagnosis and treatment of this disease. More
Authoritative information and practical advice from the nation's cancer experts about childhood hodgkin lymphoma. Starting with the basics, and advancing to detailed patient-oriented and physician-quality information, this comprehensive compilation gives empowered patients, families, caregivers, nurses, and physicians the information they need to understand the diagnosis and treatment of this disease. In addition to disease-specific information, this ebook includes a glossary and information on the late effects of treatment for childhood cancer and pediatric supportive care. Childhood Hodgkin lymphoma is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the lymph system. There are two types of childhood Hodgkin lymphoma. Age, gender, and Epstein-Barr virus infection can affect the risk of developing childhood Hodgkin lymphoma. Possible signs of childhood Hodgkin lymphoma include swollen lymph nodes, fever, night sweats, and weight loss. Tests that examine the lymph system are used to detect (find) and diagnose childhood Hodgkin lymphoma. Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options. Childhood Hodgkin lymphoma is one of the few pediatric malignancies that shares aspects of its biology and natural history with an adult cancer. When treatment approaches for children were modeled after those used for adults, substantial morbidities (primarily musculoskeletal growth inhibition) resulted from the unacceptably high radiation doses. Thus, new strategies utilizing chemotherapy and lower-dose radiation were developed. Approximately 90% to 95% of children with Hodgkin lymphoma can be cured, prompting increased attention to devising nonmorbid therapy for these patients. Contemporary treatment programs use a risk-adapted approach in which patients receive multiagent chemotherapy with or without low-dose involved-field irradiation. Prognostic factors used in determining chemotherapy intensity include stage, presence or absence of B symptoms and/or bulk disease. The option of omitting radiation following chemotherapy is only considered in patients achieving complete response to initial chemotherapy.
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