Hodgkin lymphoma, or Hodgkin's disease, is a cancer of the immune, or lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a network made up of knots of tissue connected by vessels. The lymphatic system drains fluid and waste products from the body. Lymphoma occurs when the lymph node cells that help protect against various infections begin to multiply, producing malignant cells that can invade other tissues in the body. The disease is most common in two age groups: young adults, and adults beyond age 50. Much progress has been made in treating Hodgkin's disease, allowing most people with it to survive for many years.
UAB Medicine recently launched a dedicated Lymphoma Program within the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB to merge the expertise of a variety of specialists. A joint effort between the Department of Hematology/Oncology and the Department of Medicine, the lymphoma program offers the absolute latest in medical technology for treating and screening for the various kinds of lymphoma. The program also actively participates in clinical trials of promising new lymphoma treatments, including some that are not available at other medical centers.
The Lymphoma Program’s interdisciplinary team includes nationally known physicians who are experts in hematology, medical oncology, bone marrow transplant, hematopathology, radiation oncology, integrative medicine, surgical oncology, and survivorship. The program’s research team is dedicated to improving treatments and finding a cure for Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other blood disorders and cancers in adults, including myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), which are a group of disorders that prevent bone marrow from producing enough healthy blood cells.
Because UAB is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), we are involved in the development of national practice guidelines for lymphoma treatment. We are a regional center of excellence, and thanks to our active research program, we often can help patients enroll in clinical trials. Some of these treatments may even be offered at our convenient neighborhood health center on Acton Road off I-459. UAB also offers a broad array of supplemental resources for lymphoma patients, including the Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic.
UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials for the diagnosis and treatment of hodgkin's disease. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.View Clinical Trials