Survival statistics for Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) are very general estimates and must be interpreted very carefully. Because these statistics are based on the experience of groups of people, they cannot be used to predict a particular person’s chances of survival.
There are many different ways to measure and report cancer survival statistics. Your doctor can explain the statistics for HL and what they mean to you.
Relative survival looks at how likely people with cancer are to survive after their diagnosis compared to people in the general population who do not have cancer, but who share similar characteristics (such as age and sex).
In Canada, a 5-year relative survival statistic is reported for HL. The 5-year relative survival for HL is 85%. This means that, on average, people diagnosed with HL are 85% as likely to live 5 years after their diagnosis as people in the general population.
Survival varies with each stage of HL. The following factors can also affect survival for HL.
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The International Prognostic Factors Project (IPFP) has developed an international prognostic score (IPS) for advanced disease (stage III and IV) based on adverse risk factors that are present at the time of diagnosis.
People with cancer should talk to their doctor about their prognosis. Prognosis depends on many factors, including:
Only a doctor familiar with these factors can put all of this information together with survival statistics to arrive at a prognosis.
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