ABVD in the treatment of Hodgkin's disease

Valeria Bonfante, Armando Santoro, Simonetta Viviani, Pinuccia Valagussa, Gianni Bonadonna

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This paper summarizes the clinical results achieved at the Milan Cancer Institute in advanced Hodgkin's disease through successive randomized studies performed during the last two decades. Long-term results confirm the therapeutic activity of a regimen containing bleomycin and doxorubicin, such as ABVD (doxorubicin/bleomycin/ vinblastine/dacarbazine), as salvage treatment and as primary chemotherapy, either when combined with radiation or cyclically alternated with MOPP (mechlorethamine/ vincristine/procarbazine/prednisone). Delayed iatrogenic morbidity (namely, sterility and leukemogenesis) was less frequently documented in ABVD-treated patients compared with MOPP-treated patients. Nevertheless, bleomycin- and anthracycline-containing regimens can be refined in the attempt to further decrease iatrogenic toxicity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-45
Number of pages8
JournalSeminars in Oncology
Issue number2 SUPPL. 5
Publication statusPublished - 1992


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology

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Bonfante, V., Santoro, A., Viviani, S., Valagussa, P., & Bonadonna, G. (1992). ABVD in the treatment of Hodgkin's disease. Seminars in Oncology, 19(2 SUPPL. 5), 38-45.