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Chemotherapy is one of the main treatments for Hodgkin lymphoma (HL).
Chemotherapy is the use of anti-cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to treat cancer. It is usually a systemic therapysystemic therapyTreatment that travels through the bloodstream to reach cells all over the body. that circulates throughout the body and destroys cancer cells, including those that may have broken away from the primary tumour.
Chemotherapy may be used:
Drugs, doses and schedules vary from person to person.
HL is treated with combination chemotherapy. The most common chemotherapy combination used to treat HL is ABVD:
ABVD is usually given every 28 days for 6 cycles.
Other chemotherapy combinations used to treat HL are:
MOPP is rarely used now because of more severe side effects (such as secondary cancers and infertility) compared to ABVD. However, there are circumstances where it may be helpful, such as in patients with significant heart or lung problems.
If HL does not respond to a chemotherapy regimen, a combination of drugs other than the original treatment may be used.
If HL recurs, chemotherapy is used to treat it.
For more detailed information on specific drugs, go to sources of drug information.
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