The expected event-free survival for patients undergoing high-dose salvage therapy for Hodgkin's disease is 40%-60%. Three-quarters of these patients will relapse in prior sites of disease. Radiation therapy is a very effective local-regional modality in Hodgkin's disease. It is possible that the judicious use of radiation can improve the event-free survival of high-dose salvage programs. Retrospective analysis supports this concept, but the rationale should be incorporated and tested in prospective clinical trials.
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