April 11, 2016
Using PET imaging to guide chemotherapy treatment significantly increases the number of people who go into remission and also decreases toxic side effects for people with advanced Hodgkin lymphoma, according to research conducted by SWOG and two other National Cancer Institute research groups.
The Journal of Clinical Oncology published results of the clinical trial on April 11, along with an editorial. Dr. Oliver Press, a SWOG member at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the lead author of the JCO article, said the study is exciting because it's the first large-scale U.S. trial to test this treatment approach with people with Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system that struck an estimated 9,050 Americans last year.
"The goal of cancer treatment is to cure as many people as possible with as little toxicity as possible," said Press, the acting director of the Clinical Research Division and the acting senior vice president of Fred Hutch and a professor of medicine at University of Washington. "We found a promising way to do that by tailoring treatment to Hodgkin patients, an approach which could lead to a new standard of care."