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Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2013 Jun;19(6):991-4. doi: 10.1016/j.bbmt.2013.03.008. Epub 2013 Mar 16.

High-dose chemotherapy and autologous stem cell transplantation for nodular lymphocyte-predominant Hodgkin lymphoma.

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Department of Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas 77030, USA.


Nodular lymphocyte-predominant Hodgkin lymphoma (NLPHL) is a distinct subtype of Hodgkin lymphoma that is characterized by unique clinical presentation, histological appearance, and indolent disease course. The recurrent nature of disease provides an opportunity to examine the role of stem cell transplantation in its management. We report here a single-center experience of 26 patients with relapsed NLPHL treated with high-dose chemotherapy and autologous stem cell transplantation between 1990 and 2008. With a median follow-up of 50 months (range, 2-138 months), the 5-year overall and event-free survival were 76% (SE 10%) and 69% (SE 10%), respectively. Our data suggest that high-dose chemotherapy and autologous transplantation should be considered as an option for patients with relapsed NLPHL.

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