Author(s): Paumier A, Khodari W, Beaudre A, Ghalibafian M, Blanchard P,
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Abstract PURPOSE: To assess the clinical outcome of the involved-node radiotherapy concept with the use of intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) in patients with localized supradiaphragmatic Hodgkin lymphoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with early-stage supradiaphragmatic Hodgkin lymphoma were treated with chemotherapy prior to irradiation. Radiation treatments were delivered using the involved-node radiotherapy (INRT) concept according to the EORTC guidelines. Intensity modulated radiotherapy was performed free-breathing. RESULTS: Forty-seven patients with Hodgkin lymphoma (44 patients with primary Hodgkin lymphoma and three patients with recurrent disease) entered the study from January 2003 to December 2010. The median age was 31 years (range 17 to 62). Thirty patients had stage I-IIA, 14 had stage I-IIB disease and three had relapse. Forty-two patients received three to six cycles of adriamycin, bleomycin, vinblastine and dacarbazine (ABVD). The median radiation dose to patients was 36 Gy (range: 20-40). Protection of various organs at risk was satisfactory. The median follow-up was 57.4 months (range: 5.4-94.3). For patients with primary Hodgkin lymphoma, the 5-year survival and 5-year progression-free survival rates were 96\% (95\% confidence interval: 80-99) and 92\% (95\% confidence interval: 78-97), respectively. None of the three patients with recurrent disease has relapsed. Recurrences occurred in three patients: one was in-field relapse and two were visceral recurrences. Grade 3 acute lung toxicity (transient pneumonitis) occurred in one case. CONCLUSION: Our results suggest that patients with localized Hodgkin lymphoma can be safely and efficiently treated using the involved node irradiation concept and intensity modulated irradiation. Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier SAS.
This article was published in Cancer Radiother
and referenced in Journal of Antivirals & Antiretrovirals