Dose- and time-intensified ABVD without radiotherapy (RT) for advanced-stage Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) with mediastinal bulky disease (MBD).

Lymphoma and Plasma Cell Disorders
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General Poster Session, Lymphoma and Plasma Cell Disorders
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J Clin Oncol 30, 2012 (suppl; abstr 8066)


Gaetano Corazzelli, Filippo Russo, Ferdinando Frigeri, Francesco Volzone, Gaetana Capobianco, Manuela Arcamone, Emanuela Morelli, Cristina Becchimanzi, Giampaolo Marcacci, Rosaria De Filippi, Mariangela Saggese, Antonio Pinto; Hematology-Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation Unit, Istituto Nazionale Tumori, Fondazione "G.Pascale", Naples, Italy

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Background: The role of consolidation RT on MBD after upfront chemotheraphy for advanced HL is debated, also given the supradditive iatrogenic risk. We present the results achieved in the subset of patients (pts) with MBD (max width > 1/3 of thoracic diameter) accrued in a phase II study of an intensified ABVD program without RT. Methods: The current analysis derives from the final evaluation of our trial for advanced HL (stage IIXB-IV) conducted from 06/2004 to 03/2010 (Russo et al, ASH 2009 abst 715). Pts were scheduled to 6 cycles of a ‘time-densified’ ABVD (3-week intercycle, drugs on days 1 and 11) with the first 4 cycles being also ‘dose-intensified’: doxorubicin (ADM) 35 mg/m2, days 1 and 11 and G-CSF on days 6-8 and 17-19. Results: Of 82 accrued pts, 39 had BMD at presentation. Median age was 29yrs (r 16-58); male 46%; stage IIB 48%, III 8%, IV 43%; B-sympt 87%, E-disease 53%; IP Score ≥3 51%. All pts completed the intensified program. Median actual dose intensities for ADM, bleomycin, vinblastine and dacarbazine were 23.12, 6.69, 3.96 and 245 mg/week, respectively; the increase over conventional ABVD was 85% for ADM and averaged 32% for the other agents. PET2 negativity was achieved in 36/39 (92%; 95% CI 79-98), complete responses (CR) in 37/39 [94%; 95% CI 82-99]. At a median f.u. of 54 mo.s (r 20-91) all pts are alive with an event-free survival of 89% (95% CI, 80-98). Events were: <CR (n=1, CS IVB), progression (n=1, CS IIIA), relapse [n=2; at 10 (CS IVA ) and 15 (CS IIB) months after treatment]; all these pts had isolated mediastinal recurrence. CTCAE v3.0 toxicity: Grade (G) 2 nail changes (31%), G2-G3 hemorrhoids (12%-3%), G3 infection (13%) and constipation (5%), G3-G4 stomatitis (7%-2%). No acute or delayed G3-G4 cardiac events, nor G3-G4 decline in pulmonary function (FEV1, DLCO,FEF25-75) were seen. Conclusions: Intensified ABVD can achieve PET2 negativity in a very high proportion of pts with MBD and ensure a long-term disease-free status even without RT. While results need confirmation on a randomized basis, the low mediastinal failure rate seems in line with recent suggestions that RT could be omitted in MBD when CR is achieved upon intensified chemotheraphy.