Early stage Hodgkin's disease: Ten-year results of a non-randomised study with radiotherapy alone or combined with MOPP

Valeria Bonfante, Armando Santoro, Simonetta Viviani, Roberto Zucali, Liliana Devizzi, Marcello Zanini, John David Tesoro Tess, Pinuccia Valagussa, Alberto Banfi, Gianni Bonadonna

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From September 1976 to June 1982, 201 consecutive patients with stage I (A and B)-IIA Hodgkin's disease were stratified in two groups according to prognostic factors. The F group included 116 patients with favourable presentation: they were staged with laparotomy and treated with subtotal or total nodal radiotherapy alone. The U group included 85 cases with unfavourable presentation who were staged by laparoscopy and treated with 3MOPP (mechlorethamine, vincristine, procarbazine, prednisone)-radiotherapy-3MOPP. At 10 years the F group showed a freedom from progression (FFP) of 71%, with significant difference between stage I and II (85% vs. 59%; P=0.003) and an overall survival of 84%. The results of the U group were: FFP 83%, overall survival 74%, and the findings were not influenced by stage. FFP in patients with bulky vs. not bulky lymphoma was 70% vs. 87% (P=0.04). No secondary acute non-lymphocytic leukaemia developed among patients treated with radiotherapy and in continuous complete remission, while acute leukaemia occurred in the F group patients who received salvage chemotherapy (4 of 31 cases) and in the U group (3 of 85 cases). Present results confirm the usefulness of radiotherapy alone in favourable pathological stage IA. All other disease stages will require a different strategy that should consist of radiotherapy combined with short-term effective regimens, such as ABVD (doxorubicin, bleomycin, vinblastine and dacarbazine) or VBM (vinblastine, bleomycin and methotrexate) to reduce the incidence of MOPP-associated gonadal dysfunction and leukaemogenesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-29
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Hematology
  • Oncology


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