Hodgkin's Disease is a cancer that effects the lymph nodes, or glands. It is an uncommon form of cancer that affects men three times more frequently than women, most usually developing between the ages of 20 and 30 and 50 and 70.
What to look for
The symptoms vary according to the organs affected, but they typically include: Anaemia, Fever, An enlarged spleen or liver, loss of appetite and weight loss, Night sweats, Itching and breathlessness, Pain in the enlarged glands after drinking alcohol.
The cause of Hodgkin's Disease remains unknown. Theories have been advanced that cancer-causing viruses are involved, but this has not been proven.
Nutritional Therapists aim to use individual dietary programs in order to improve the body's efficiency in combating illness in general.
When to seek further professional advice
If you have a swollen gland in the neck, groin or armpit that persists for more than two weeks without obvious cause, consult your doctor.
Homeopathy: A Homeopath will take the view that cancer represents a profound breakdown in health at all levels. Sometimes the taking of Bach flower remedies and also vitamin and mineral supplements may be advised.
Yoga: Yoga can help stimulate the immune system through gentle asanus, relaxation, meditation, pranayama, shat kriyas and hand mudras.
Other therapies include Spiritual Healing, Reflexology, Polarity therapy, Ayurvedic Medicine, and a Macrobiotic Diet.
Hodgkin's Disease is diagnosed by means of a biopsy specimen from an enlarged lymph node or other affected organ. Treatment will depend upon the result of further tests such as a CAT scan and a lymphangiogram, and how advanced the disease is when it is first diagnosed. If it is treated early, radiotherapy alone may effect a cure. If the cancer is sufficiently advanced to involve a number of organs anticancer drugs (chemotherapy) will be used.
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