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50 previously untreated patients with multiple myeloma received two-phase treatment: repeated cycles of 4 day infusion with vincristine, doxorubicin, and methylprednisolone (VAMP) followed by high-dose melphalan (HDM), with autologous bone marrow transplantation where possible. The overall response rate was 74% (37/50), with 25 patients (50%) achieving(More)
PURPOSE The incidence of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), the fifth most common malignancy in the United States, has increased over 70% in the last 30 years. Fifty percent to 75% of patients with low-grade or follicular NHL respond to rituximab therapy. However, responses are generally of limited duration, and complete responses are rare. Preclinical work(More)
Risk of second primary malignancy was assessed in follow-up to June 1991 of 1039 patients first treated for Hodgkin's disease at the Royal Marsden Hospital during 1963-91. A total of 77 second malignancies occurred. There were significantly raised risks of stomach [standardized incidence ratio (SIR)=4.0], lung (SIR=3.8), bone (SIR=26.5), soft tissue(More)
Two hundred and eighty-four patients with advanced Hodgkin's disease (HD) (stage II with poor prognostic features and stage III/IV) have been treated with the ChlVPP combination chemotherapy regimen (chlorambucil, vinblastine, procarbazine and prednisolone) in a single-centre unselected series. Median follow up is 92 months. Fifty-five patients had(More)
Autologous bone marrow and/or peripheral blood stem cell transplantation is being performed increasingly frequently as a treatment for Hodgkin's disease. While patients with refractory disease can sometimes be cured, the results are better in patients who are still chemotherapy sensitive. The use of high dose therapy as part of the primary treatment for(More)
No national benchmark figures exist for early mortality due to chemotherapy unlike for surgical interventions. Deaths within 30 days of chemotherapy during a 6-month period were identified from the Royal Marsden Hospital electronic patient records. Treatment intention--curative or palliative, cause of death and number of previous treatments--were(More)
The risk of idiopathic pneumonia syndrome (IPS) in patients with Hodgkin's disease (HD) undergoing high-dose chemotherapy (HDC) is significant, and once developed IPS is potentially fatal. The aim of this study was to quantify this risk accurately and determine prognostic factors for its development and course. Using a computerized database, all patients(More)
High-dose chemotherapy with autologous bone marrow transplantation is used in the treatment of relapsed or high-risk Hodgkin's disease. As prospective randomised studies have proved difficult to accrue to, current recommendations are based on the reports of large series of prospectively collected data. We have looked at the outcome of 89 patients treated in(More)
Forty-four patients with relapsed or resistant Hodgkin's disease were treated with adriamycin 40 mg m-2 i.v. on day 1, vincristine 1.4 mg m-2 i.v. on days 1 and 8, prednisolone 40 mg m-2 orally daily for 8 days, etoposide 200 mg m-2 orally daily for 4 days according to the nadir white cell count, and bleomycin 10 mg m-2 i.v. days 1 and 8 (HOPE-Bleo). Median(More)