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What Is Childhood Hodgkin Lymphoma?

  • Childhood Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of cancer that develops in the lymph system, which is part of the body's immune system. Because lymph tissue is found throughout the body, Hodgkin lymphoma can start in almost any part of the body and spread to almost any tissue or organ in the body. It is the most common cancer in people ages 15 to 19, and also one of the most treatable.

    There are two types of lymphoma: Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Hodgkin lymphoma is distinguished by the presence of Reed-Sternberg cells.

    There are two sub-types of Hodgkin lymphoma:

    • Classical Hodgkin lymphoma, the more common form of Hodgkin lymphoma, is characterized by the presence of large, abnormal Reed-Sternberg cells.
    • Nodular lymphocyte predominant Hodgkin lymphoma, which involves variants of Reed-Sternberg cells called "popcorn" cells.

    Hodgkin lymphoma treatment at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's

    Children and young adults with Hodgkin lymphoma are treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center through our Lymphoma Program. More than 95 percent of children treated for Hodgkin lymphoma at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's are cured.

    Learn more about Hodgkin lymphoma

    Find more in-depth information on Hodgkin lymphoma on the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's website, including Hodgkin lymphoma causes, diagnosis, treatment and latest research.