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Hodgkin's disease in the elderly: a population-based study

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Gail Stark, Dr Katrina Wood, Dr Fergus Jack, Dr Brian Angus, Professor Stephen Proctor, Dr Penelope Taylor


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This study evaluated the incidence and outcome of Hodgkin's disease (HD) in older patients using a population-based approach. In total, 102 patients (52 men, 50 women) aged greater than or equal to 60 years presented in the Northern Health Region of England (population of 3.09 million) between 1 January 1991 and 31 December 1998 and were studied prospectively. The age-specific incidence was 1.97/100 000 for those aged 60-69 years, and 2.18/100 000 for those aged 70 years or over. The median age of the cohort was 70 years (range 60-91) and the median follow up was 63 months (range 20-113). Out of 95 treated patients, 70 (74%) obtained complete or good partial (> 90% response) remissions. In the 60 to 69-year-old group, the disease-specific survival at 5 years was 100% for those presenting with early stage disease and 52% for those with advanced stage disease. In patients aged >70 years the 5 year disease-specific survival was 36% in patients with early stage and 14% for patients with advanced stage disease. The survival of patients with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) positive tumours was significantly poorer than that of patients with EBV-negative tumours (P = 0.007); median survival in the former group was 20 months versus undefined in the latter group. In total, 43 deaths were due to progressive HD and five were treatment-related. This study defined the incidence of HD in our population and demonstrated that the prognosis of elderly patients, particularly those with advanced stage disease, has not improved concurrently with that of patients aged < 60 years old. Novel approaches to assessment and treatment are necessary.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Stark GL, Wood KM, Jack FR, Angus B, Proctor SJ, Taylor PRA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Haematology

Year: 2002

Volume: 119

Issue: 2

Pages: 432-440

ISSN (print): 0007-1048

ISSN (electronic): 1365-2141


DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2141.2002.03815.x


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