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Hodgkin lymphoma, also known as Hodgkin's disease, is a type of lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system is a network of nodes (knots of tissue) connected by vessels that drain fluid and waste products from the body. The lymph nodes act as tiny filters, straining out foreign organisms and cells.
The lymphatic system also is involved in producing important white blood cells called lymphocytes that help protect you against various infections caused by bacteria, viruses,...
ABVD: doxorubicin plus bleomycin plus vinblastine plus dacarbazine.
BEACOPP: bleomycin plus etoposide plus doxorubicin plus cyclophosphamide plus vincristine plus procarbazine plus prednisone.
CEC: cyclophosphamide plus lomustine plus vindesine plus melphalan plus prednisone plus epidoxorubicin plus vincristine plus procarbazine plus vinblastine plus bleomycin.
COPP/ABVD: cyclophosphamide plus vincristine plus procarbazine plus prednisone/doxorubicin plus bleomycin plus vinblastine plus dacarbazine.
MOPP: mechlorethamine plus vincristine plus procarbazine plus prednisone.
MOPP alternating with ABVD: mechlorethamine plus vincristine plus procarbazine plus prednisone alternating with doxorubicin plus bleomycin plus vinblastine plus dacarbazine.
MOPP/ABV hybrid: mechlorethamine plus vincristine plus procarbazine plus prednisone/doxorubicin plus bleomycin plus vinblastine.
Stanford V: doxorubicin plus vinblastine plus mechlorethamine plus etoposide plus vincristine plus bleomycin plus prednisone.
Patients are designated as having advanced unfavorable Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) if they have clinical stage III or stage IV disease and four or more risk factors on the International Prognostic Index for HL, which corresponds to a freedom-from-progression at worse than 50% at 5 years with combination chemotherapy.
ABVD therapy for 6 to 8 months is as effective as 12 months of MOPP alternating with ABVD, and both are superior to MOPP alone in terms of FFS (50% vs. 36% with a 14-year median follow-up; P = .03).[2,3][Level of evidence: 1iiA] The Intergroup trial comparing ABVD with MOPP/ABV hybrid showed equivalent efficacy in FFS and overall survival (OS), but increased toxic effects in the hybrid arm, especially from second malignancies.[Level of evidence: 1iiA]
The German Hodgkin Lymphoma Study Group randomly assigned 1,201 patients with advanced-stage disease to COPP/ABVD, BEACOPP, or to increased-dose BEACOPP, with most patients receiving consolidative radiation therapy to sites of initial bulky disease (?5 cm). The 10-year OS rates from time of treatment were 75% for COPP/ABVD, 80% for BEACOPP, and 86% for increased-dose BEACOPP (P = .19 for the comparison of COPP/ABVD with BEACOPP, P = .005 for the comparison of BEACOPP with increased-dose BEACOPP, and P < .001 for the comparison of COPP/ABVD with increased-dose BEACOPP).[Level of evidence: 1iiA] The actuarial rate of secondary acute leukemias 10 years after diagnosis of HL was 0.4% for COPP/ABVD, 1.5% for BEACOPP, and 3.0% for increased-dose BEACOPP (P = .03). A prospective randomized trial of 307 patients with advanced-stage disease, including IIB disease and advanced-favorable Hodgkin lymphoma patients, compared ABVD, BEACOPP (four escalated courses plus two standard courses), and CEC. With a median follow-up of 41 months, although PFS favored BEACOPP over ABVD (78% vs. 68%, P = .038), there was no significant difference in OS.[Level of evidence: 1iiDiii] Further follow-up is required to assess rates of secondary malignancies with these regimens. Stanford V is an alternative drug combination that was clinically evaluated in the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) and the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) ECOG-2496 and EORTC-20012 trials, respectively.