Many long-term survivors of Hodgkin Lymphoma suffer from Radiation Fibrosis Syndrome, or RFS. Essentially, this is when tissue becomes "sclerotic," or abnormally hard and stiff, and it can affect vital organs, including the heart and lungs. RFS is thought to be caused by radiation therapy, particularly the kind of radiation that was used decades ago. Dr. Michael Stubblefield of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has studied RFS extensively. We've included his YouTube video presentation at the hospital from October, 2011,
We encourage Hodgkin's survivors to discuss their risk for RFS with their physician.