Hodgkin Lymphoma : Studies of Advanced Stages, Relapses and the Relation to Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas

Abstract: The relationship between Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is not entirely elucidated and a clonal relation may be present more often than previously believed. Mechanisms of tumour progression and resistance to therapy are poorly understood.Between 1974 and 1994 all individuals in Sweden with both HL and NHL were identified. Thirty-two cases were studied using clinical, histopathological and immunohistochemical methods. The second lymphoma often appeared in an aggressive clinical form and a significant correlation between the expression of p53 and LMP-1 in the first and second lymphoma was demonstrated.The treatment outcome for 307 patients with advanced stages of HL, in an unselected population was in accordance with the treatment results of large centres world-wide. Some patients were successfully selected for a shorter chemotherapy-regimen without inferior treatment results.In 124 patients with relapse, the survival of those primarily treated with radiotherapy according to the National guidelines was in accordance with the survival of patients of initially advanced stages. A worse outcome was found for those who received both chemotherapy and radiotherapy initially, probably because of a higher frequency of bulky disease in this group. Immunohistochemical analysis of the tumour suppressor protein p53 and retinoblastoma protein (Rb) of paired samples at diagnosis and at relapse in 81 patients did not reveal any specific staining pattern affecting survival.A novel B-cell line (U-2932) was established from a patient with a diffuse large B-cell lymphoma previously treated for advanced stage and subsequent relapses of HL. An identical rearranged IgH gene was demonstrated in tumour cells from the patient and in U-2932. A p53 point mutation was detected and over-expression of the p53 protein was found. A complex karyotype with high-level amplifications of the chromosomal regions 18q21 and 3q27, i.e. the loci for bcl-2 and bcl-6 were demonstrated.