Lege Artis Medicinae

[Current therapy of Hodgkin’s disease]

ROSTA András, MOLNÁR Zsuzsanna, SCHNEIDER Tamás, VÁRADY Erika, DEÁK Beáta, ÉSIK Olga

JULY 10, 2001

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2001;11(06-07)

[Hodgkin’s disease is a clonal B-cell disease. The exact etiology of the disease has not yet been identified, research data showing the crucial role of the Epstein-Barr virus. The Hodgkin’s disease is curable in 70-80 % of the cases. In the early stage of the disease, the treatment of choice should be the combined modality therapy. The required number of cycles of combined chemotherapy, the dose and the field extension of radiotherapy are all subjects of recent clinical trials. In the advanced stage of Hodgkin’s disease more (6- 8) cycles of combined chemotherapy and, if necessary, radiotherapy of the affected field is the treatment of choice. In advanced Hodgkin’s disease with unfavourable prognosis, the role of higher dose-intensity and the combination of more potent chemotherapeutic agents are evaluated in clinical trials, with special consideration to the danger of late toxicity (BEACOPP, Stanford V protocol). In the treatment of early (within 1 year) chemosensitive relapses of Hodgkin’s disease, high-dose chemotherapy with autologous peripheral stem cell transplantation has improved therapeutic results. Current results of advanced cases with unfavourable prognosis, of primary progressive and resistant disease, relapsing Hodgkin’s disease and the treatment of elderly patients are yet unsatisfactory. The main trends of recent research are: development of new potent chemotherapeutic agents, application of allogeneous "mini" transplantation (graft versus Hodgkin’s disease effect) and the therapeutic use of mono or bispecific monoclonal antibodies. It is desirable, that primary, secondary and further treatments of Hodgkin’s disease are performed in specific hematological or oncological centers where necessary experience of complex treatment is available, as well as the application of aggressive treatment methods, modern radiotherapy and also the facilities for handling unwanted complications.]

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