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What is the prognosis for someone with Hodgkin's disease?

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The five-year survival rate for someone with stage 1 Hodgkin's disease is around 90 percent, according to the American Cancer Society. This is also true for someone with stage 2 Hodgkin's disease. For stage 3 Hodgkin's disease, the survival rate drops to about 80 percent, while the survival rate for stage 4 Hodgkin's disease is about 65 percent.

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This prognosis isn't true for everyone who has Hodgkin's disease, notes the American Cancer Society. Factors that affect the prognosis include whether the patient has bulky disease or B symptoms. In bulky disease, the patient has very large chest tumors or tumors that are at least 4 inches across in other parts of his body. B symptoms include the patient losing more than 10 percent of his weight over a six-month period without dieting, unexplained fevers and severe night sweats. B symptoms and bulky disease typically mean that the cancer requires more aggressive treatment.

Other factors that complicate a prognosis are being a male over the age of 45, having an elevated white blood cell count, depressed red blood cell and lymphocyte counts, and a depressed albumin level, claims the American Cancer Society. Another complication is having an elevated ESR, or erythrocyte sedimentation rate. This means a rate of more than 30 if the patient has B symptoms and more than 50 for a patient who is free of B symptoms.

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