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Firstly the diagnosis hasto be confirmed by taking a biopsy from one of the swollen glands. There are characteristic appearances of the cellswhich will confirm the diagnosis and the type of Hodgkin's disease (there are a number of sub types). As well as the enlarged glands thatcan be felt, internal glands and organs swell and therefore it is necessary to scan the abdomen to see what else is involved. All this information forms the basis for deciding treatment. This will consist of radiotherapy and chemotherapy givenevery few weeks for about six months. The modern combinations are generally compatiblewith continuing to work though some people feel too debilitated to do so.Hodgkin's disease is now considered a cureable condition in the great majority of cases;about 10 - 15% of people relapse after a number of years but even then the treatment can be repeated.

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