Hodgkin’s Lymphoma: An Environmental Scan

Table of Contents

1.0 INTRODUCTION

1.1 Project Background

This environmental scan titled:  Hodgkin’s Lymphoma: An Environmental Scan prepared for the Rasch Foundation by dmgroup is a broad look at the ‘state of affairs’ of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma with an emphasis on the epidemiology, clinical characteristics and various treatments including: conventional, complementary and alternative therapies. The environmental scan is not an exhaustive presentation of all information available regarding Hodgkin’s Lymphoma nor is a systematic literature review; rather the report is designed for all audiences and the Rasch Foundation team to encourage better understanding of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma across a variety of areas and specifically for information for use surrounding future activities of the Rasch Foundation in the area of Hodgkin’s lymphoma (HL).  This project is intended to practically facilitate the Rasch Foundation interest in HL and is comprised of the academic literature, gray literature, pertinent organizations associated with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, funding and granting agencies along with other electronic information sources that all provide an overview of the environment where research, clinical activity, programming and information exists surrounding Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Following the environmental scan summary, a discourse is presented where gaps in research, resource needs and funding priorities were identified from the academic and gray literature. The project involves two distinct components: 1) the environmental scan that provides an informed understanding of HL with the overarching objective of giving the Rasch Foundation information that will aid in an overall understanding and 2) a resource consisting of a list of selected organizations to consider for either further information or possible collaborating opportunities regarding HL.

The report includes:

  1.  A summary of an environmental scan comprised of academic literature, gray literature, relevant organizations and electronic information sources
  2.  Bibliographic Resource
  3.  A resource of electronic sources and organizations relevant to Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  4.  Recommendations and suggestions for consideration  surrounding the Rasch Foundations activities regarding Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

1.2 State of Affairs: Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (HL) is a particular type of cancer within the larger group of lymphomas. This cancer develops and affects the immune system, which is responsible for protecting the body from certain diseases and infections. The incidence of HL continues to rise and most often affects younger adults and males and is the most frequently occurring cancer among 15 to 34 year olds in industrial nations (Punnett, Tsang, and Hodgson 2010) .

The etiology of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma remains unknown although scientists and clinicians are beginning to understand the role of infectious disease. Importantly, HL is a highly treatable cancer and research is now focused on reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with conventional treatments while also moving forward in developing new less invasive therapies. Issues surrounding nutritional science and alternative treatments require further investigation and understanding to reduce the morbidity and burden of illness for those afflicted with HL. Overall, HL is a highly treatable cancer.