Lymphocyte-depleted classical Hodgkin's lymphoma: a comprehensive analysis from the German Hodgkin study group.J Clin Oncol 2011; 29(29):3914-20JC
To investigate the clinical characteristics and treatment outcome of patients with lymphocyte-depleted classical Hodgkin's lymphoma (LDCHL) compared with other histologic subtypes of Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL).
PATIENTS AND METHODS
From a total of 12,155 evaluable patients with biopsy-proven HL treated within the German Hodgkin Study Group trials HD4 to HD15, 10,019 patients underwent central expert pathology review. Eighty-four patients with LDCHL (< 1%) were identified and confirmed. The median follow-up time was 67 months.
Patients with LDCHL, compared with patients with other histologic subtypes, presented more often with advanced disease (74% v 42%, respectively; P < .001) and "B" symptoms (76% v 41%, respectively; P < .001). Other risk factors were also more frequent in patients with LDCHL. Complete remission or unconfirmed complete remission was achieved in 82% of patients with LDCHL compared with 93% of patients with other HL subtypes (P < .001), and more patients with LDCHL had progressive disease. At 5 years, progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) were significantly lower in patients with LDCHL compared with patients with other HL subtypes (PFS, 71% v 85%, respectively; P < .001; OS, 83% v 92%, respectively; P = .0018). However, when analyzing the subgroup of patients who underwent treatment with intensified or dose-dense bleomycin, etoposide, doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide, vincristine, procarbazine, and prednisone, patients with LDCHL (n = 39) had similar outcomes when compared with patients with other subtypes of HL (n = 3,564; P = .61).
LDCHL has a different pattern from other HL subtypes with more clinical risk factors at initial diagnosis and significantly poorer prognosis. Patients with LDCHL should be treated with modern dose-intense treatment strategies.