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Ann Oncol. 2010 Mar;21(3):574-81. doi: 10.1093/annonc/mdp337. Epub 2009 Sep 16.

Stanford V program for locally extensive and advanced Hodgkin lymphoma: the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center experience.

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  • 1Lymphoma Disease Management Team and Department of Radiation Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA,



The Stanford group has reported excellent results with the Stanford V regimen for patients with bulky and/or advanced Hodgkin lymphoma (HL). However, Gobbi reported markedly inferior failure-free survival (FFS) comparing Stanford V to other regimens but included major deviations from the original program. We retrospectively examined whether treatment at our institution carefully following Stanford V guidelines would confirm the original Stanford outcome data.


From June 1995 to May 2002, 126 patients with either locally extensive or advanced HL were treated with the 12-week Stanford V chemotherapy program followed by 36-Gy involved-field radiotherapy to sites initially > or =5 cm and/or to macroscopic splenic disease. Overall, 26% had stage IV disease and 20% had international prognostic score (IPS) > or =4. Overall survival (OS), disease-specific survival, progression-free survival (PFS), FFS, and freedom from second relapse (FF2R) were determined.


The 5- and 7-year OS were 90% and 88%, respectively. The 5-year FFS was 78%. IPS > or =4 was a significant independent predictor of worse OS and PFS. The FF2R was 64% at 3 years.


Stanford V with appropriate radiotherapy is a highly effective regimen for locally extensive and advanced HL.

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