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Fertility preservation in Hodgkin’s lymphoma patients that undergo targeted molecular therapies: an important step forward from the chemotherapy era

Authors Traila A, Dima D, Achimas-Cadariu P, Micu R

Received 22 October 2017

Accepted for publication 12 February 2018

Published 13 June 2018 Volume 2018:10 Pages 1517—1526


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Antonella D'Anneo

Alexandra Traila,1,2,* Delia Dima,3 Patriciu Achimas-Cadariu,1,2,* Romeo Micu1,4

1School of Medicine, Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj Napoca, Romania; 2Department of Surgical Oncology, Ion Chiricuta Oncology Institute, Cluj Napoca, Romania; 3Department of Hematology, Ion Chiricuta Oncology Institute, Cluj Napoca, Romania; 4Department of Human Assisted Reproduction of 1st Gynecology Clinic, Cluj Napoca, Romania

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Abstract: In total, 80%–90% of Hodgkin’s lymphoma (HL) patients are curable with combination chemoradiotherapy. Due to improvements in therapeutic strategies, 50% of all relapsed/refractory patients may undergo complete clinical responses and have long-term survival. Treatment options for HL are effective, but may have a negative impact on post-chemotherapy fertility. Thus, cryopreservation of semen prior to treatment is recommended for male patients. For female patients, assisted reproductive techniques (ART) consult and fertility preservation should be offered as a therapeutical option. In the last years, new targeted molecules have been available for HL treatment. These new drugs showed a high rate of overall responses in the setting of heavily pretreated patients, most of them in relapse after autologous stem cell transplantation, a group previously considered very poor risk. Up to 50% of patients have a complete response and an improved overall survival. Future studies will address the usefulness of novel molecules as a frontline therapy. Considering the high response and survival rates with monoclonal antibody-based therapeutics, fertility has become a concerning issue for long-term HL survivors. As progress has been made regarding ART, with the rigorous steps planned for HL patients, more survivors will become parents.

Keywords: Hodgkin’s lymphoma, infertility, pregnancy, fertility preservation

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