DEXA-BEAM Salvage Chemotherapy and High-Dose Chemotherapy Followed by Autologous Bone Marrow Transplantation in Hodgkin’s Disease
Patients with advanced stage Hodgkin’s disease (HD) who fail first-line therapy or relapse within the first 12 months after having achieved a complete remission with combination chemotherapy (and radiotherapy) generally have a poor prognosis [1,2]. In an effort to improve the results of salvage therapy in such patients the German Hodgkin Study Group has followed various treatment strategies most recently including a new chemotherapy regimen consisting of dexamethasone, BCNU, cytosine-arabinoside, and melphalan (DEXA-BEAM). Other poor-risk patients have received high-dose chemotherapy (HDCT) followed by autologous bone marrow transplantation (ABMT). We report early results of both conventional and high-dose chemotherapy and demonstrate that DEXA-BEAM chemotherapy followed by HDCT/ABMT has substantial antitumor activity but lacks severe toxicity in most instances.
KeywordsClin Oncol Autologous Bone Marrow Transplantation Salvage Chemotherapy Salvage Regimen German Hodgkin Study Group
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