Pediatric Hodgkin lymphoma

Nationally recognized expertise

If your child has Hodgkin lymphoma, UW Health is home to a leading pediatric treatment and research team. We are part of the UW Carbone Cancer Center, Wisconsin's only comprehensive cancer center, as designated by the National Cancer Institute.
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Overview

Pediatric Hodgkin lymphoma

Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of cancer of the white blood cells that develops within the lymphatic system. It begins in the lymph nodes of the neck or chest and then spreads from one part of the lymphatic system to another. In Hodgkin lymphoma, the tumors usually contain unique cells called Reed-Sternberg cells. These large cancer cells are not seen in other lymphomas.

Symptoms and diagnosis

Hodgkin lymphoma signs and symptoms

Signs and symptoms of Hodgkin lymphoma may include:

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Fever and night sweats

  • Fatigue

  • Frequent viral infections 

  • Itchy skin 

  • Painless swelling of lymph nodes 

  • Weight loss or decreased appetite

Diagnosis

If Hodgkin lymphoma is suspected, your child’s medical history will be reviewed, and a full physical examination will be done. Your child’s doctor will then remove a sample of tissue while your child is under general anesthesia. This is called a lymph node biopsy

Other tests that might be done include:

Treatment

Hodgkin lymphoma treatment

Treatment for pediatric Hodgkin lymphoma may include:

Fighting pediatric cancer and blood disorders

At UW Health, we offer the most advanced treatment options. Our pediatric cancer and blood disorder experts are national research leaders. We test new therapies and continue to work on therapies for pediatric cancer and blood disorders. For many children with rare or hard-to-treat conditions, clinical trials provide new options.

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Locations

Care for your child

Receiving care from the pediatric hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplant program at American Family Children’s Hospital means you have access to the knowledge and skills of many medical and support specialists for your child’s complex health diagnosis like cancer.

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  • American Family Children's Hospital - Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
    • 1675 Highland Ave. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 263-6420
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  • American Family Children's Hospital - Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant
    • 1675 Highland Ave. / Madison, WI
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Meet our team

An experienced team providing your child with the care they deserve

Our pediatric oncologists are part of the UW Carbone Cancer which is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. This designation means that our doctors taking care of your child are experts in cancer treatment, research and education.

Pediatric hematology and oncology
Radiation oncology

We care for your child as if they are our own

With our expertise comes compassion. Our team considers you and your child part of our family. We will be by your side every step of the way. From diagnosis through treatment and into adulthood, we will care for your child as if they are our own.

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Patient and support services

You’re never alone

There are services available at both American Family Children’s Hospital and in the community to help patients and their families through every step of their journey.

Child Life specialists help your child and family cope with any fears and anxieties, and the American Family Children's Hospital patient and family visitor guide features information about:

  • Health psychology

  • Hero beads

  • Hospital school

  • Positive Image Center

  • Spiritual care services

  • Tyler's Place (sibling child care)

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