Recurrent Hodgkin lymphoma: Toward a new definition of candidates for autologous stem cell transplant in the era of positron emission tomography scan and novel agents

Antonello Pinto, Paolo Corradini, Alberto Mussetti, Pier Luigi Zinzani

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Standard treatment for patients with Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) unresponsive to upfront therapy or relapsing after primary treatment (RR-HL) consists of salvage chemotherapy followed by autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT). ASCT outcomes are essentially related to two factors: disease burden at the time of transplant and comorbidity status of the patient. Positron emission tomography (PET) scan is a very sensitive diagnostic instrument to measure disease status. In fact, a negative PET status before ASCT is a well-known positive prognostic factor in patients with RR-HL. The recent introduction of the biologically targeted agent brentuximab vedotin has allowed us to treat RR-HL more efficaciously with less toxicity for the patient. Use of this new agent could help achieve a PET-negative status before ASCT in a larger percentage of patients, without severe toxicities, thereby improving ASCT outcomes. Herein we discuss the current evolving scenario of RR-HL treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1969-1974
Number of pages6
JournalLeukemia and Lymphoma
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2015



  • Antibody-based immunotherapy
  • Clinical results
  • Lymphoma and Hodgkin disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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