Blood Res  
Clinical features and treatment outcomes of Hodgkin lymphoma: A retrospective review in a Malaysian tertiary hospital
Yang Liang Boo1, Helen Siew Yean Ting1, Diana Fui Sing Yap2, See Guan Toh1, Soo Min Lim1
1Department of Haematology, Hospital Sultanah Aminah, Ministry of Health Malaysia, Johor Bahru, 2Department of Pharmacy, Hospital Enche’ Besar Hajjah Khalsom, Ministry of Health Malaysia, Kluang, Johor, Malaysia
Correspondence to: Boo Yang Liang, M.D.
Department of Haematology, Hospital Sultanah Aminah, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Published online: September 11, 2019.
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Background: Classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL) is a clinicopathologically unique, aggressive lymphoma arising from germinal center B-cells and is one of the most curable hematological malignancies. This study aimed to determine the clinical course, treatment regimens, response rates, and survival data of patients diagnosed with cHL in a tertiary center.
Methods: A retrospective review was conducted to include patients with a diagnosis of cHL from 2013 to 2017. Data of demographic and clinical characteristics, treatment regimens, and outcomes were collected and analyzed.
Results: We recruited 94 patients with a median age of 27.0 [interquartile range (IQR)±12] years. Most of the patients were male (61.7%) and 73.4% were ethnic Malay. Nodular sclerosis was the most common histology (77.6%), followed by mixed cellularity (6.4%) and others (16%). The median follow-up time was 28.0 (IQR±32) months. All patients received chemotherapy but only 13.8% received radiotherapy as consolidation. The doxorubicin-bleomycin-vinblastine-dacarbazine regimen was the most common (85.1%), followed by the escalated bleomycin-etoposide-doxorubicin-cyclophosphamide-vincristine-prednisolone-procarbazine regimen (14.9%). Following treatment, 76.1% of patients achieved complete response. The 2-year overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) of the entire cohort were 96.5% and 71.1%, respectively. The 2-year OS and PFS for advanced-stage disease were 93.9% and 62.8%, compared to 100% and 82.7% for early-stage disease, respectively (P=0.252 and P=0.052, respectively).
Conclusion: This study provides insight into the clinical presentation and treatment outcomes among patients with cHL in Malaysia. A longer study duration is required to identify OS and PFS benefits and treatment-related complications for different chemotherapeutic regimens.


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