Two months of flu-like symptoms found to indicate Hodgkin’s lymphoma
A 29-year-old female suffered from flu-like symptoms for two months and from repeated fevers. Antibiotics and fever-reducing medications did not work. A physical checkup found that she was suffering from recurring Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Three months after initial chemotherapy, her condition got worse. A year and a half after the second phase of treatment with high dosage chemotherapy and autologous stem cell transplant, her condition again deteriorated to the point where her chances of being cured were only 40%. The third phase of treatment involved the use of targeted drug therapy.
The peak age of occurrence of lymphoma is at 50 or 60 years old. However, Hodgkin’s lymphoma peaks at age 20, and many Hodgkin’s lymphoma patients had contracted the Epstein-Barr virus in their late teens. Doctors suspect that the EB virus may have caused an autoimmune problem that led to Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
On Taiwan, about 200 new cases of Hodgkin’s lymphoma patients are diagnosed each year, and half of them are between 15 and 34 years old.