Hodgkin lymphoma is one of the most common cancers affecting children and young adults. Although the cure rate is high, it’s easily mistaken for other diseases, like glandular fever. Finding a simple way to diagnose it earlier would help children avoid unnecessary illness, and maybe mean less intensive treatment. This project is looking at how a new blood test could help.
Because cancers are rare in children, and Hodgkin lymphoma usually shows as lumps in the neck with more general symptoms like tiredness and night sweats, doctors often think it’s something common like glandular fever. A new blood test for this type of cancer could make diagnosis easier.