Heike Lüders

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BACKGROUND In 5 consecutive pediatric and adolescent Hodgkin's disease trials DAL-HD since 1978 the invasive diagnostic procedures and the radiotherapy have gradually been reduced and chemotherapy modified to minimize toxicity and the risk of late effects. Since 1982 the overall survival increased up to 95%. In this trial the possibility of reducing local(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate a salvage therapy (ST-HD-86) for patients with progressive and relapsed Hodgkin's disease after primary treatment in the pediatric DAL/GPOH studies. The essential chemotherapeutic regimens were ifosfamide, etoposide, and prednisone (IEP) and doxorubicin, bleomycin, vinblastine, and dacarbazine (ABVD). METHODS One hundred seventy-six(More)
PURPOSE The prognostic significance of latent Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection in Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL) is debated controversially. Especially in the pediatric age group, no conclusive data are available. PATIENTS AND METHODS Eight hundred forty-two children and adolescents (median age, 13.7 years) from pediatric multicenter treatment studies HD-90(More)
PURPOSE A multinational trial on pediatric Hodgkin's disease (HD) with the aim to reduce the risk of long-term toxicity of combined modality treatment by restricting dose and volume of radiation therapy (RT) while maintaining the excellent treatment results of previous German multicenter trials (DAL-HD82-90). METHODS AND MATERIALS Patients were treated(More)
BACKGROUND Hyponatremia based on syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone hypersecretion (SIADH) is observed in up to 15% of patients with small cell lung cancer (SCLC). The electrolyte imbalance is associated with a high morbidity and mortality and often delays appropriate treatment. Management of hyponatremia proved to be challenging until new(More)
The prognosis for children and adolescents with Hodgkin's lymphoma is excellent. However, many patients will show secondary malignancies 15-30 years after the initial diagnosis, which appears to be connected with the intensity of treatment during primary disease. In the GPOH-HD 95 trial, the indication for radiotherapy was limited to patients who did not(More)
INTRODUCTION Rearrangements of RET are rare oncogenic events in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). While the characterization of Asian patients suggests a predominance of nonsmokers of young age in this genetically defined lung cancer subgroup, little is known about the characteristics of non-Asian patients. We present the results of an(More)
BACKGROUND About 155 persons under age 18 develop Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL) in Germany every year. More than 90% survive at least 20 years. They may, however, suffer from late sequelae of treatment, including secondary malignant neoplasia (SMN). METHODS 2548 patients from the German, Austrian, and Swiss pediatric Hodgkin's lymphoma studies that were(More)
Today no evidence based medicine analyses exist about the value of positron emission tomography (PET) in children and adolescents with Morbus Hodgkin. The increasing number of registered PET-examinations within the scope of the GPOH-HD 95 trial motivated to analyse the validity of 18-FDG-PET-examination findings in comparison to the conventional diagnostic(More)
UNLABELLED PURPOSE To minimize the risk of late effects in pediatric Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) by omitting radiotherapy (RT) in patients in complete remission (CR) after chemotherapy and reducing the standard radiation dose to 20 Gy in patients in incomplete remission. PATIENTS AND METHODS Between 1995 and 2001, 925 patients with classical HL (cHL) were(More)