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Hematology. 2003 Jun;8(3):191-6.

Spontaneous regression of Hodgkin's disease: two case reports and a review of the literature.

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Toronto-Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


We present two cases of patients with Hodgkin's lymphoma who experienced spontaneous regressions of their disease. The first case was a 31-year-old man diagnosed with stage IIIA lymphocyte predominant Hodgkin's disease in 1994, who elected to be followed without any treatment. Over the subsequent 3 years, he experienced significant regression in his lymphadenopathy, and still remains asymptomatic of his disease 70 months after diagnosis. The second case was a 47-year-old man with a bulky anterior mediastinal mass found on a thoracic CT scan, ultimately diagnosed with stage IIB Nodular Sclerosing Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Repeat imaging of the chest performed two months later, just prior to initiating treatment, revealed that the mass had spontaneously decreased by >75% of its original size. Spontaneous regressions of Hodgkin's lymphoma are exceedingly rare. A review of the literature regarding spontaneous regressions of lymphoma and cancer in general is discussed.

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