Victoria Duval’s latest challenge


Victoria Duval’s latest challenge is not on the tennis court, but her new diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Born in the US to Haitian parents, both medical doctors.; Duval is one of the rising stars of tennis. She became a sensation last year during the US open, beating 2011 champion Samantha Stosur to reach the second round.

Last week, after her loss in the second round at Wimbledon 2014, she announced that she will “step away from tennis competition for a short period after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.”

Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, first described by Thomas Hodgkin, thus bear his name, is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is a component of our immune system. About 8000 new cases of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma occur each year in the US, which represents less than 1% of all cancers. Most cases occur between the ages of 15 to 35 years, with another small peak among those older than 50 years old.

Patients with Hodgkin lymphoma usually present with painless enlargement of lymph nodes in the neck and armpit, and non-specific symptoms such as constant fatigue, weight loss, night sweats and a classic cyclic nighttime fever pattern.

While this is sad news for victoria Duval and tennis fans, there is a silver lining: Hodgkin’s Lymphoma has a very good prognosis, meaning with appropriate treatment, usually chemotherapy, it has a high rate of complete and durable remission. In fact, the treatment of early-stage Hodgkin’s lymphoma has been one of the success stories of the field of cancer treatment. The treatment results and outcomes have been so successful that the focus has now shifted to minimizing the intensity of treatment in order to avoid potentially fatal side effects.

We wish Victoria Duval a quick and successful recovery, and we are yearning for her return to the tennis court to continue her amazing journey as one of the US tennis emerging star.   Stay Strong Vicky!!!


Marc Saint-Jour, M.D.


Armitage, James O. Early-Stage Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, New England Journal of Medicine August 12, 2010 363(7):653

Fishman/Hoffman, Medicine, fifth edition


Marc Saint-Jour
Marc is a physician, specialize in Internal Medicine. Marc is passionate about medicine, sports and politics. He is one of the founding board member of ForHopeInternational, an organization that seeks to empower Haitian health professionals (2009- Present). Marc will be writing mainly about medicine, healthcare and politics. Feel free to contact him via twitter, facebook and email.

Is Brazil Better off without Neymar? I think so…

Previous article


Next article


  1. Hi, I think your site might be having browser compatibility issues. When I look at your blog site in Opera, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, terrific blog!

  2. Have you ever thought about creating an e-book or guest authoring on other sites? I have a blog centered on the same information you discuss and would really like to have you share some stories/information. I know my readers would enjoy your work. If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an e-mail.

  3. There may be noticeably a bundle to find out about this. I assume you made certain good points in options also.

  4. I think the admin of this site is truly working hard in support of his web site, because here every material is quality based

  5. Outstanding post however , I was wondering if you could write a
    litte more on this topic? I’d be very thankful if
    you could elaborate a little bit further. Thank you!

  6. Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you penning this post plus
    the rest of the website is also really good.

  7. bookmarked!!, I love your site!

  8. Today, while I was at work, my sister stole my iPad and tested to see if it can survive a forty foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My
    iPad is now destroyed and she has 83 views.

    I know this is completely off topic but I had to share it with someone!

  9. Link exchange is nothing else except it is simply placing the other person’s weblog link on your page at appropriate place and other person will also do same for

  10. Thanks for the auspicious writeup. It in reality was once
    a enjoyment account it. Glance advanced to more introduced
    agreeable from you! By the way, how could we keep in touch?

  11. Howdy! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok.
    I’m definitely enjoying your blog and look forward to new posts.

  12. Wow that was odd. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I
    clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr…
    well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyway, just wanted to
    say fantastic blog! cheap flights 34pIoq5

  13. I believe this is among the so much vital information for me.
    And i’m satisfied reading your article. However should remark on few basic
    issues, The site style is perfect, the articles is truly great : D.
    Just right process, cheers

  14. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great.

    I do not know who you are but certainly you’re going to
    a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers! cheap
    flights 2CSYEon

  15. Valuable information. Fortunate me I found your website
    accidentally, and I am surprised why this twist of fate
    didn’t happened earlier! I bookmarked it. cheap flights 31muvXS

  16. Thanks a bunch for sharing this with all of us you actually know what you’re talking about! Bookmarked. Kindly also visit my website =). We could have a link exchange agreement between us!

  17. You really make it appear so easy along with your presentation but I to find this matter to
    be actually one thing which I think I would by no means understand.
    It kind of feels too complicated and very vast for me.
    I’m looking forward to your next submit, I’ll attempt to get the hold of it!

  18. Hello, this weekend is pleasant for me, since this occasion i am reading this great
    educational post here at my home.

  19. fantastic post, very informative. I’m wondering why
    the opposite experts of this sector don’t notice this.

    You must proceed your writing. I’m confident, you have a great readers’ base already!

  20. Keep on writing, great job!

  21. Hey there! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering which blog
    platform are you using for this website? I’m getting fed up of
    Wordpress because I’ve had problems with hackers and I’m looking
    at alternatives for another platform. I would be awesome if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

  22. Hi there Dear, are you truly visiting this web page daily, if so then you will absolutely get pleasant know-how.

Leave a reply

Votre adresse de messagerie ne sera pas publiée.

#ReteBranche : Pour ne rien rater, inscrivez-vous à la lettre Ayibopost