Medline: 6505256

Radiotherapy and Oncology 1(3): 197-205, 1984.

Lymphocyte predominant Hodgkin's disease: clinical presentation and results of treatment.

Russell KJ, Hoppe RT, Colby TV, et al.


The records of 59 patients with lymphocyte predominant Hodgkin's disease (LPHD) evaluated and treated at Stanford University Medical Center between 1963 and 1983 were reviewed. Of these 59 patients, 92% are alive at 10 years following treatment, 78% are relapse-free, and none have died of Hodgkin's disease. Compared with the other histologic subtypes of Hodgkin's disease, LPHD presents more frequently as stage I or II disease (78% vs. 55%) and less frequently with constitutional symptoms (7% vs. 32%). Despite these factors, there is no statistically significant difference in either survival or freedom-from-relapse (FFR) between the histologic subtypes when comparisons are made on a stage-for-stage basis. Analysis of sites of presentation and relapse reveals that LPHD rarely involves intrathoracic structures. Patients with C.S. I disease presenting in inguinofemoral or high cervical lymph nodes do not require staging laparotomy as none of these patients were upstaged by surgery. Patients with stage I disease involving high cervical lymph nodes may be treated with limited field irradiation employing fields no more extensive than a mantle and Waldeyer's ring field, as no relapses have been seen in such patients treated in this fashion. Although limited field irradiation was used successfully for LPHD presenting in other localized sites, inadequate patient numbers preclude assessment of this treatment for those clinical presentations.

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