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Adult Hodgkin Lymphoma Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Health Professional Information [NCI] - Stage Information for Adult Hodgkin Lymphoma

Table 2. Anatomic Stage/Prognostic Groupsa continued...

Many investigators and many new clinical trials employ a clinical staging system that divides patients into four major groups that are also useful for the practicing physician:[20]

  • Early favorable: Clinical stage I or II without any risk factors.
  • Early unfavorable: Clinical stage I or II with one or more of the following risk factors:
    • Large mediastinal mass (>33% of the thoracic width on the chest x-ray, ≥10 cm on CT scan).
    • Extranodal involvement.
    • Elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate (>30 mm/h for B stage, >50 mm/h for A stage).
    • Three or more lymph node areas' involvement.
    • B symptoms.
  • Advanced favorable: Clinical stage III or IV with zero to three adverse risk factors listed below. Patients with advanced favorable disease have a 60% to 80% freedom-from-progression at 5 years from treatment with first-line chemotherapy.[21][Level of evidence: 3iiiDiii]
  • Advanced unfavorable: Clinical stage III or IV with four or more adverse risk factors listed below.[21] Patients with advanced unfavorable disease showed a 42% to 51% freedom-from-progression at 5 years from treatment with first-line chemotherapy.[21][Level of evidence: 3iiiDiii]. For patients with advanced-stage HL, the International Prognostic Factors Project has developed an International Prognostic Index with a prognostic score that is based on seven adverse factors:[21]
    • Albumin level of <4.0 g/dL.
    • Hemoglobin level of <10.5 g/dL.
    • Male sex.
    • Age of ≥45 years.
    • Stage IV disease.
    • White blood cell (WBC) count of ≥15,000/mm3.
    • Absolute lymphocytic count of <600/mm3 or a lymphocyte count that was <8% of the total WBC count.


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