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What do the letters A, B, E, and S mean for my Hodgkin's lymphoma?

Doctors use numbers and letters to describe the stage of your Hodgkin's lymphoma. The letters A and B indicate the absence (A) or presence (B) of symptoms such as night sweats, dramatic weight loss, and fever. The letters E and S indicate that your cancer has grown outside (extranodal) of your lymph nodes (E) or that it has developed in your spleen (S). Depending on the stage of your Hodgkin's lymphoma, your doctor may choose to treat you with chemotherapy, radiation, or stem cell transplants.

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