Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system. It starts in the lymphocytes. Lymphocytes are the white blood cells, which form an essential component of the body’s defense system. Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a blood cancer.

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What Are The Lifestyle Changes For Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?

When it comes to the management of the Hodgkin’s lymphoma, it is a process that involves multiple facets. Hodgkin’s lymphoma cannot be cured, but it is treatable with prompt and efficient medical care. The treatment aims at reducing the cancer symptoms, preventing the further growth and spread of the cancer and sending the disease into remission.

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  • With the treatment, certain diet and lifestyle changes can go a long way in providing long term remission from this cancer.
  • Due to certain lifestyle changes, one is able to strengthen his body so that it can tolerate the harshness of the Hodgkin’s lymphoma treatments. Also, the diet and lifestyle changes can boost the immune system and help it fight the cancer.
  • Treatment of Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer can be quite stressful. Making some lifestyle changes can give the much-needed relief from mental and emotional stress, which can then help you to improve the quality of life and enjoy the life to the fullest.
  • Also, positive lifestyle changes can keep you away from other health hazards too, so that they do not become an additional burden along with the cancer.
  • Following lifestyle changes can be made in order to cope up with Hodgkin’s lymphoma treatment and to help the treatment of the disease. Also, the quality of life can be improved by following these changes.
  • Smoking should be stopped altogether. It is a known fact that smoking causes many cancers including Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Also, if one is already suffering from cancer, smoking can cause many undesired health hazards, which may make the condition worse. Smoking compromises the immune system. It is in best interest to quit smoking altogether. Same is advisable for alcohol consumption.
  • Infections are a major matter of concern while suffering from cancer. One can reduce the risk of contracting infections by avoiding exposure to infection causing conditions. This can be achieved by avoiding crowds in cold and flu season, washing the hands thoroughly and frequently
  • One must exercise reasonably whenever possible. Exercise will encourage overall fitness, will help boosting the energy levels, will help in improving the immune system and will make you mentally calm and stable.
  • One must also give adequate rest to the body as well. The various Hodgkin’s lymphoma treatment methodologies may make one even more tired and weak. Taking ample rest will provide the much-needed opportunity to revive oneself.
  • One must ask for and accept help and support of the friends, family and well-wishers. As it is difficult to manage everything on one’s own, it is wise to accept help in any form available. Also, meeting the ones you like can help enliven your overall mood thereby giving you a sense of pleasure and reducing your mental and emotional stress.
  • Have a balanced and a nutritious diet when you have Hodgkin’s lymphoma. A healthy diet can provide you with various nutrients that the body needs to keep the fight with cancer ongoing. A nutritious diet will boost the immune system, giving it the much-needed vigor to fight the disease.
  • Consult the physician as and when needed. If you feel the Hodgkin’s lymphoma symptoms are changing, for better or for worse, do not hesitate to consult your doctor.
  • Regular follow up is extremely essential in managing the cancer.

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Hodgkin’s lymphoma is an incurable, but a highly treatable cancer. The prognoses of this cancer are great, compared to several other types of cancers. Having said that, one must not forget that it is a highly invasive cancer and any relapses in treatment can cost one his life. Hence, proper and timely treatment, along with some positive lifestyle and diet changes, is of prime importance in Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: November 5, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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