The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 2015 , Vol 57 , Num 4
Prognostic factors and treatment results of pediatric Hodgkin’s lymphoma: A single center experience
1Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Oncology Institute, Istanbul University, Istanbul and 2Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Department of Pediatrics and Departments of 3Radiation Oncology, 4Radiology, 5Nuclear Medicine and 6Pathology, Kocaeli University Faculty of Medicine, Kocaeli, Turkey. E-mail: Büyükkapu-Bay S, Çorapçıoğlu F, Aksu G, Anık Y, Demir H, Erçin C. Prognostic factors and treatment results of pediatric Hodgkin’s lymphoma: A single center experience. Turk J Pediatr 2015; 57: 359-366.

The aim of this study was to assess the demographic, clinic data, prognostic factors and treatment/follow-up results of children who were diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma and followed in our center of Pediatric Oncology, Kocaeli University Medical Faculty, Kocaeli, Turkey, for 10 years.

This retrospective study evaluated 41 patients with Hodgkin lymphoma who were younger than 18 years-old. All patients were treated with risked adapted ABVD (Adriamycin, Bleomycin, Vincristine, Dacarbazine) chemotherapy and also received involved field radiotherapy.

Thirty-two patients (78%) were males and 9 (22%) were females, with a mean age of 10.7±4.0 years. The histopathological diagnosis was mixed cellular type in 51.2% of the patients. B symptoms (unexplained fever, unexplained weight loss, drenching night sweats) were present in 53.7% of the patients and 36.6% of the patients were at advanced stage at the time of the diagnosis. The 3-year overall and event-free survival rates were 88% and 5-year overall and event-free survival rates were 88%, 78%. Age, stage, treatment risk groups, presence of B symptoms and hematological parameters had no significant effect on overall and event-free survival in univariate analysis while bulky disease was the only significant factor on overall survival.

Our treatment policy was succesful regarding the similar survival rates in the treatment risk groups, however novel treatment strategies adopting the early response with the reduction of adverse effects are planned in the near future. Keywords : child, Hodgkin lymphoma, risk group, survival, treatment

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