What are possible short-term toxicities of Hodgkin lymphoma (Hodgkin disease) treatment?

Updated: Sep 12, 2018
  • Author: Bradley W Lash, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Short-term toxicity varies based on the regimen and modalities used (chemotherapy, radiation, combination of both, and stem cell transplantation) and include:

  • Hematologic toxicity: Anemia (need for transfusion), thrombocytopenia, increased risk of infection (febrile neutropenia)

  • Pulmonary toxicity, particularly if bleomycin or thoracic radiation are used

  • Cardiac toxicity from anthracycline therapy

  • Treatment-related toxicity that can lead to death

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