Hodgkin Disease

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Survival rates for Hodgkin disease by stage

Survival rates are often used by doctors as a standard way of discussing a person’s prognosis (outlook). Some patients with Hodgkin disease may want to know the survival statistics for people in similar situations, while others may not find the numbers helpful, or may even not want to know them. If you do not want to read about Hodgkin disease survival statistics, skip to the next section.

The rates below are based on the stage of the cancer when it is first diagnosed. When looking at survival rates, it’s important to understand that the stage of a cancer does not change over time, even if the cancer progresses. A cancer that comes back or spreads is still referred to by the stage it was given when it was first found and diagnosed, but more information is added to explain the current extent of the cancer. (And of course, the treatment plan is adjusted based on the change in cancer status.)

The 5-year survival rate is the percentage of patients who live at least 5 years after their cancer is diagnosed. Of course, many of these people live much longer than 5 years, and many are cured.

To get 5-year survival rates, doctors have to look at people who were treated at least 5 years ago. Improvements in treatment since then may result in a more favorable outlook for people now being diagnosed with these cancers.

The numbers below come from the National Cancer Institute’s SEER database, looking at more than 8,000 people diagnosed with Hodgkin disease between 1988 and 2001.


    5-year Survival Rate



    About 90%


    About 90%


    About 80%


    About 65%

Survival rates are based on previous outcomes of large numbers of people who had the disease, but they cannot predict what will happen in your case. Many other factors could affect your outlook, such as your age and general health, how well the cancer responds to treatment, and other factors (see below). Your doctor can tell you how the numbers above may apply to you, as he or she is familiar with your situation. If you have any questions about the stage of your lymphoma or how it affects your treatment, do not hesitate to ask your doctor.

Other prognostic factors

Along with the stage of the Hodgkin disease, certain other factors can affect a person’s prognosis (outlook). For example, some factors mean the disease is likely to be more serious and may prompt the doctor to give more intensive treatment:

  • Having B symptoms or bulky disease
  • Being older than 45
  • Being male
  • Having a high white blood cell count (above 15,000)
  • Having a low red blood cell count (hemoglobin level below 10.5)
  • Having a low blood lymphocyte count (below 600)
  • Having a low blood albumin level (below 4)
  • Having a high erythrocyte sedimentation rate, or ESR (over 30 in someone with B symptoms, or over 50 for someone without B symptoms)

Last Medical Review: 12/10/2012
Last Revised: 02/07/2014