Background and Objectives. In this work we examine the characteristics and outcome of patients with Hodgkin's disease (HD) treated with high-dose therapy (HDT) and autologous transplantation at our Institute between 1982 to 2000. Design and Methods. A retrospective analysis was performed examining patients' characteristics, prior chemotherapy regimens, pre-transplant disease status, HDT regimen, source of stem cells, time for hematopoietic recovery, complications of transplantation, response rates, overall survival (OS) and relapse-free survival (RFS). Results. Ninety-seven patients with HD were treated and had estimated 10-year OS and RFS rates of 32% and 60%, respectively. Disease status (sensitive vs. refractory) before HDT was the most powerful predictive parameter for OS and RFS in both univariate and multivariate analyses. The rate of transplant-related mortality in the whole cohort was only 1% whereas the rate of second malignancies was 3%. Interpretation and Conclusions. Our results confirm that HDT with autologous transplantation is associated with a durable RFS in a remarkable proportion of HD patients and that the procedure has a very low global early and late toxicity.
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - May 1 2003|
- Hodgkin's disease
- Relapse-free survival
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