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Med Pediatr Oncol. 1996 Apr;26(4):244-8.

Treatment of childhood Hodgkin's disease with ABVD without radiotherapy.

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  • 1Department of Paediatric Oncology, Emma Kinderziekenhuis, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


Seventeen previously untreated children with Hodgkin's disease were treated with six courses of the combination adriamycin, bleomycin, vinblastine, and DTIC (ABVD), without radiotherapy, from 1984-1987. In all patients, complete remission was attained. After a median follow-up period of 73.5 months (range 59-98 months) five patients had a relapse after 4, 5, 11, 21, and 34 months, respectively, from attainment of complete remission. In 12 patients with stages I and II, two relapses occurred. Three out of five patients with stage III and stage IV developed a relapse. Based upon these results, we conclude that ABVD might be an appropriate treatment for newly diagnosed children with Hodgkin's disease stages I and II. However, for children with stages III and IV more intensive treatment is needed. Radio-therapy should be withheld for children with refractory disease, residual disease, or relapse.

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