Hodgkin lymphoma treatment continues to evolve as new means of assessing response to treatment, new appreciation of important risk factors, and more effective therapeutic agents become available. Treatment algorithms integrating functional imaging now provide the opportunity to modify therapy during its delivery, allowing adjustment of duration and intensity of chemotherapy and rationale identification of patients who may benefit from the addition of therapeutic irradiation. Novel agents, including the antibody drug conjugate brentuximab vedotin and checkpoint inhibitors such as nivolumab and pembrolizumab can improve the effectiveness of treatment while keeping toxicity within acceptable limits. Carefully designed clinical trials permit the identification of superior approaches in which efficacy is enhanced and toxicity minimized. Clinicians treating patients with Hodgkin lymphoma now have access to novel treatment approaches, which will require detailed assessment of each patient and careful discussion of the goals and risks of treatment at the time of planning primary treatment, again during delivery of that treatment as data indicating ongoing effectiveness become available, at the conclusion of initial intervention, and, when the need arises, at the time of recurrence of disease.
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