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FAQ: How does Hodgkin’s lymphoma affect the immune system?

The lymphatic system is directly connected to the overall functioning of the immune system. As the first symptom of Hodgkin’s lymphoma is the swelling of one or more lymph nodes, lymphocytes cannot travel throughout the lymphatic system to reach other nodes and distribute the various white blood cell types to fight off everyday infections that maintain a person’s overall health.

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