Hodgkin Disease Overview

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Survival rates for Hodgkin disease

Some people with cancer may want to know the survival rates for their type of cancer. 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 found. When looking at survival rates, it’s important to keep in mind that the stage of a cancer does not change over time, even if the cancer grows. A cancer that comes back or spreads is still referred to by the stage it was given when it was first found, but more information is added to explain the current extent of the cancer. (And of course, the treatment plan might be changed based on the change in the cancer.)

The 5-year survival rate refers to the portion of patients who live at least 5 years after their cancer is found. Of course, many patients live longer than 5 years.

These rates are based on people who were first treated several years ago. Advances in treatment since then mean that people diagnosed today may have a better outlook than the numbers listed here.

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%

While statistics provide an overall picture, keep in mind that every person is unique and the numbers can’t predict exactly what will happen in your case. Your doctor can tell you how the numbers above may apply to you.

Other factors that can affect outlook

Certain factors, if present, no matter what the stage, tend to make the outlook (prognosis) more serious, so the doctor may want to use more intense treatment. These factors are:

  • Having B symptoms or bulky disease
  • Being male
  • Being older than 45
  • 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 blood ESR level (over 30 in someone with B symptoms, or over 50 for someone without B symptoms)

Last Medical Review: 02/05/2013
Last Revised: 02/07/2014