Relapsed and refractory hodgkin lymphoma

Bastian von Tresckow, Craig Moskowitz

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High-dose chemotherapy (HDCT) followed by autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) is the standard treatment for patients with relapsed or refractory Hodgkin lymphoma (HL). This is based on two randomized controlled studies that showed better event-free survival (EFS) in those treated with ASCT as compared to standard-dose salvage chemotherapy. Several risk factors have been identified in HL patients receiving HDCT and ASCT including time to recurrence of HL, stage at relapse, and response to salvage therapy (SC) before HDCT. More recently, pre-ASCT positron emission tomography has been established as powerful prognostic tool in relapsed HL. Patients with recurrent HL receive SC before the final myeloablative HDCT by default. However, neither SC nor HDCT regimens have thus far been compared in randomized trials so that the treating clinician has the choice between different regimens. In addition, radiotherapy before, during, and after ASCT as well as tandem ASCT was evaluated to improve the prognosis. In high-risk patients, consolidation with the antibody–drug conjugate brentuximab vedotin after ASCT has been shown to reduce the relapse rate in a randomized placebo-controlled phase III trial. Other ongoing trials incorporate new drugs into the SC regimens to reduce toxicity and/or to increase the cure rates. Currently, allogeneic transplant is an option only for a small minority of relapsed/refractory HL patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHematologic Malignancies
Number of pages13
StatePublished - 2020

Publication series

NameHematologic Malignancies
ISSN (Print)2197-9766
ISSN (Electronic)2197-9774


  • Brentuximab vedotin
  • Hodgkin lymphoma
  • PD1-inhibition
  • PET
  • Refractory
  • Relapse
  • Transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology


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