Results of treatment of stage IA and IIA Hodgkin's disease

C. G. Willett, R. M. Linggood, J. Meyer, E. Orlow, K. Lindfors, K. Doppke, A. C. Aisenberg

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This study analyzed the 5 year actuarial survival and disease-free survival of 122 patients with Stage IA and IIA Hodgkin's disease, (108 patients laparotomy staged) treated with mantle and paraaortic irradiation from 1975 to 1981. Prognostic subgroups and patterns of treatment failure were investigated. The 5 year actuarial survival and disease-free survival was 91% and 75% respectively for the entire group. For Stage IA patients, the 5 year survival and disease-free survival was 92% and 86% respectively, whereas for those in Stage IIA the respective figures were 86% and 65%. Individuals with greater than four sites of involvement at initial presentation; extensive mediastinal adenopathy; hilar or extramediastinal extension to lung, pleura or pericardium, had a poorer 5 year actuarial disease-free survival (43%-60%) than those without these factors (70-85%). Of the 122 patients, there were 26 relapses: nine infield failures; two concurrent infield and systemic failures; nine marginal recurrences, and three relapses occurring systemically and three in nodal groups not irradiated. Following relapse, 17 patients were salvaged with chemotherapy. Two patients are alive with disease and seven patients died of Hodgkin's disease. Patients with less extensive mediastinal adenopathy and supradiaphragmatic nonmediastinal presentations can be satisfactorily treated with mantle and paraaortic irradiation, whereas patients with extensive mediastinal adenopathy receive six cycles of multiagent chemotherapy before irradiation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1107-1111
Number of pages5
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology


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