Chemotherapy with a Pegylated Liposomal Doxorubicin-Containing Regimen in Newly Diagnosed Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients


Cardiovasc Toxicol. 2020 Jul 18. doi: 10.1007/s12012-020-09589-z. Online ahead of print.


Anthracycline-related cardiotoxicity is an important dose-limiting toxicity for Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) treatment. This study aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD) for HL treatment. Patients with newly diagnosed HL treated with at least two cycles of PLD-containing chemotherapy were retrospectively analyzed. The dosing and scheduling of the PLD-containing regimen (the PBVD regimen) were as follows: PLD 25 mg/m2, vincristine 1.4 mg/m2 (maximum dose of 2 mg), bleomycin 10 mg/m2, and dacarbazine 375 mg/m2 at days l and 15, repeated every 28 days. Forty-six HL patients were analyzed. The median age was 41.5 years (range 12-77 years), with a male/female ratio of 0.9:1. Fourteen (30%) patients had an Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status score > 1, and 32 (70%) had a history of cardiovascular disease (CVD) or related risk factors. The median chemotherapy cycle number with the PBVD regimen was 6 (range, 2-8). The overall response rate (ORR) was 91% for the whole cohort; 35 (76%) patients achieved complete remission (CR), and 7 (15%) achieved partial remission. The efficacy of the PBVD regimen was similar in patients with or without CVD or related risk factors (ORR 93% vs. 91%, P = 1.00; CR 86% vs. 72%, P = 0.46). With a median follow-up of 28.5 months, the 3-year progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) rates were 70% and 82%, respectively, for the whole cohort. The differences in the PFS and OS rates between the groups with or without CVD or related risk factors were not significant. Cardiotoxicity was observed in 6 (13%) patients. All adverse events were grades 1-2. The PBVD regimen is an effective chemotherapy option with tolerable toxicity, and it could be a substitute in HL patients who cannot be treated with conventional doxorubicin, especially those with CVD or related risk factors.