Chlorambucil, vinblastine, procarbazine, and prednisone. An effective but less toxic regimen than MOPP for advanced-stage Hodgkin's disease

Brian Druker, D. S. Rosenthal, G. P. Canellos

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The toxicity of MOPP chemotherapy, including nausea, vomiting, hair loss, and neuropathy, can limit patient compliance. Alternative regimens employing oral alkylating agents and vinblastine have been designed to ameliorate these toxicities. The authors reviewed their experience in 24 patients with advanced-stage Hodgkin's disease who were treated with chlorambucil, vinblastine, procarbazine, and prednisone (ChlVPP). Complete responses were obtained in 92% (11/12) of previously untreated patients and in 92% (11/12) of patients who relapsed after radiation (10/10) or chemotherapy (one of two). Overall, relapse-free survival is 82% with a median duration of follow-up of 5.5 years. Toxicity was minimal with myelo-suppression being the dose-limiting toxicity. Severe nausea and vomiting occurred in only two patients and was considered secondary to procarbazine. Mild nausea occured in six other patients. Minimal alopecia was seen in three patients and only two patients developed a mild peripheral neuropathy. The authors conclude that ChlVPP appears as effective as MOPP chemotherapy for Hodgkin's disease in comparable presentations but is a less toxic regimen. Thus, it may be useful in situations where poor compliance and patient acceptance may compromise optimal dose and frequency of drug administration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1060-1064
Number of pages5
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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