Combined modality therapy in previously untreated patients with advanced Hodgkin's disease: A 24-year follow-up study.

E. Salloum, R. Doria, L. R. Farber, K. B. Roberts, D. L. Cooper

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PURPOSE: To describe the long-term results of treatment with chemotherapy plus adjuvant low-dose, involved-field radiation therapy (CMT) in patients with advanced Hodgkin's disease. Data on disease-free and failure-free survival, second malignancies, and the results of salvage therapy are presented. PATIENTS AND METHODS: From 1969 to 1989, CMT was administered to 186 patients with previously untreated stage IIB, III, and IV Hodgkin's disease. Chemotherapy included MVVPP (47%), MOPP (25%), MOPP/ABVD (26%) and ABVD (2%). After 6 months of chemotherapy, patients received radiation to all involved sites with the exception of the bone marrow. RESULTS: The failure-free survival for all patients was 63% at 5 years, 56% at 10 years, and 40% at 23.5 years, respectively. Significantly worse results were observed in patients older than 40 years and those with stage IV disease. The overall survival of 45 patients after recurrence was 39% at 10 years, but was only 21% if the initial complete remission lasted less than 1 year. Thus far, 21 of 165 patients (12.7%) who achieved complete remission have developed a second malignancy, and 16 have died. CONCLUSIONS: In comparison with comparable chemotherapy programs, chemotherapy plus radiation therapy may improve disease-free survival; however, the results of treatment in patients older than age 40 or with stage IV disease are still poor. Although patients with initial remissions lasting longer than 1 year can have durable second remissions, the long-term disease-free survival is poor and in the current series the majority of failures were due to recurrent Hodgkin's disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-273
Number of pages7
JournalThe cancer journal from Scientific American
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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