Abstract

The US Food and Drug Administration approval of brentuximab vedotin (BV) in 2011 marked an important milestone in the management of classical Hodgkin lymphoma (HL). Although initially approved for use in the relapsed or refractory setting, its high efficacy and favorable toxicity profile led to numerous studies evaluating BV in the front-line, second-line, and posttransplant settings. BV is now approved for use (in combination with chemotherapy) as frontline treatment of advanced-stage patients and as maintenance therapy following autologous stem cell transplant. Additional studies demonstrate its promise as second-line therapy and for elderly patients, as well. Although studies have demonstrated its promise in multiple settings, the ideal timing for use of BV is evolving. Studies evaluating individualized treatment strategies will ultimately define the optimal place for BV in HL treatment.

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