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The stage of a cancer describes where the cancer is, its size and whether it has spread from where it started. This information helps doctors decide on the most appropriate treatment for you. The following is the most commonly used staging system for Hodgkin lymphoma:
Stages 1–2 are known as early-stage disease and stages 3–4 are known as advanced-stage disease. If the Hodgkin lymphoma comes back after initial treatment, this is called recurrent lymphoma.
As well as giving each stage a number, doctors use a letter – either A or B – to show whether or not you have certain symptoms. Your doctor will ask you if you’ve lost a significant amount of weight, have unexplained high temperatures or drenching night sweats.
If you don’t have any of these symptoms, the letter A is used, for example stage 1A. If you have one or more of these symptoms, the letter B is used, for example stage 1B.
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