After confirming the diagnosis, your oncologist will determine the stage of the tumor to choose the most appropriate and effective treatment. In addition, the stage of the cancer determines your survival chances. In general, the stage of Hodgkin’s disease is classified from I to IV.
- Stage I – the cancer has affected a single lymph node region; your chance of survival is excellent.
- Stage II – a stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma has reached two different lymph nodes or a portion of nearby tissue or an organ.
- Stage III – at stage 3, the cancer spread into the lymph nodes on both sides of the diaphragm. The tumor may have also spread to one portion of tissue near the lymph node groups or/and the spleen.
- Stage IV – Stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma is the most advance stage of the cancer; in addition to the lymphatic system, the tumor has affected other organs: liver, lungs or bones.