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Journal of Hematology


A 49-year-old woman with systemic lupus erythematosus, lupus nephritis and chronic congestive heart failure presenting with "bulky" cervical lymphadenopathy was diagnosed with classic Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) stage IIIB (positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT) scan and bone marrow biopsy). She received one cycle of bleomycin, dacarbazine, and vinblastine to debulk the tumor. Given her advanced heart failure, doxorubicin was not administered. After the first cycle of chemotherapy, she was switched to nivolumab plus brentuximab vedotin (BV) and received two doses 4 weeks apart, finishing in July 2019. A restaging PET-CT in June 2019 showed a complete remission (CR). After the second course of treatment, she was unable to tolerate more treatments and hence was placed on a surveillance program. She remains in CR after a follow-up of 3 years. This case highlights the role of a tailored treatment approach to optimize clinical outcomes in uniquely complex clinical circumstances. BV in combination with nivolumab is a reasonable alternative regimen in HL ineligible for cytotoxic chemotherapy.


Autoimmune disease, Brentuximab vedotin, Durable remission, Hodgkin lymphoma, Ineligible for chemotherapy, Nivolumab



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