Prognostic factors for response and survival after high-dose cyclophosphamide, carmustine, and etoposide with autologous bone marrow transplantation for relapsed Hodgkin's disease

S. Jagannath, J. O. Armitage, K. A. Dicke, S. L. Tucker, W. S. Velasquez, K. Smith, W. P. Vaughan, A. Kessinger, L. J. Horwitz, F. B. Hagemeister, P. McLaughlin, F. Cabanillas, G. Spitzer

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Sixty-one patients with relapsed Hodgkin's disease who had failed a mechlorethamine, vincristine, procarbazine, and prednisone (MOPP)- and a doxorubicin, bleomycin, vinblastine, and dacarbazine (ABVD)-like regimen were treated with a high-dose combination chemotherapy containing cyclophosphamide, carmustine, and etoposide (CBV) and autologous bone marrow transplantation (ABMT). Fifty-nine patients were treated in relapse and two were intensified early in third remission. Following therapy, 29 patients (47%) were in complete remission (CR), 18 patients (30%) achieved a partial response (PR), and 14 patients (23%) had progressive disease (PD). Among the partial responders, six patients achieved a CR following addition of local radiation therapy to sites of residual nodal disease. For a minimum follow-up of 2 years, 23 patients (38%) are alive and free of disease. High-dose CBV therapy produced severe myelosuppression, and there were four (7%) treatment-related deaths. A multivariate analysis identified failure of more than two prior chemotherapy treatments and poor performance status as important adverse risk factors for survival. Patients who had no adverse risk factor and/or were intensified with CBV while Hodgkin's disease was still responding to conventional chemotherapy, had a CR rate of 63%, with 77% projected 3-year survival; whereas, all other patients had a CR rate of 31%, and a projected 3-year survival of only 18%. Our results demonstrated that CBV and ABMT can induce remission duration of 2 years or greater in a significant proportion of patients with relapsed Hodgkin's disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-185
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1989


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  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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