Treatment for Hodgkin's Disease in Children
Radiation doses are kept to a minimum in children, because radiation can impair the growth of bones, muscles, and other tissues within the treatment field. Areas with "bulky" disease (large amount of tumor) are the focus of radiation treatment. The ovaries of girls and young women are protected from radiation to avoid damage and infertility.
Children with HD or other lymphomas have special concerns. Children's cancer centers are better equipped to address these concerns and to provide optimal care and treatment of children with cancer. If your child has HD and lives in the United States, he or she should be treated at a children's hospital. There your child will be attended by specialists in childhood cancer, child psychology, pediatric nutrition, and other health professionals who cater to the unique needs of children.
Children who initially were treated with chemotherapy and have a recurrence may receive another course of chemotherapy with different drugs.