Hodgkin’s Lymphoma: An Environmental Scan

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3.15 Conclusions

The treatment for cancer in general remains obscure. When looking across all cancers and related research and clinical activity there is evidence of some improvement; however, when one examines the absolute numbers, considers the time and resources put in place over the past several decades to fight the war on cancer little progress has been made. Fortunately, one of the most successful treatable cancers is Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. What one must remember is that regardless of the chemotherapy regime incorporated, it is only a matter of time until that same treatment will become ineffective and fail either because the patient cannot tolerate the toxic effects or will develop an overall resistance to the drug therapy (Chow and Huang 2010). Therefore, it is imperative that new therapies, which move away from current gold-standard approaches be developed and included as treatment options of people facing cancer. Furthermore, because of the impact late effects have specifically on HL patients, advancing treatment options through various modalities discussed is paramount in this cancer.