Forty-nine patients with Hodgkin's disease who relapsed after a first complete remission of more than 12 months following primary chemotherapy were treated with salvage therapy regimens. A total of 41 patients (84%) achieved complete remission. In particular, complete response was documented in 17 of 19 patients re-treated with the same initial drug combination. The five-year freedom from progression, relapse-free and overall survivals were 51%, 57% and 65%, respectively. In our experience, consolidation radiotherapy following drug-induced remission failed to improve the five-year relapse-free survival. Present findings indicate that about half of patients relapsing after a disease-free interval exceeding 12 months can remain alive and disease-free 5 years after starting salvage chemotherapy.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Annals of Oncology|
|Publication status||Published - 1990|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research