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Treatment considerations for classical Hodgkin lymphoma

Learn more about what to consider when deciding on treatment, and see why ADCETRIS may be the right option for you.

Brandon was treated with ADCETRIS plus AVD

With previously untreated Stage 3 or 4 Hodgkin lymphoma, first steps matter

Use the information below to familiarize yourself with important treatment considerations that can help you feel confident about the discussion, and your treatment choice.

Here’s some things to consider:

  • How treatments work to kill cancer cells.
  • How well they may stop or slow the progress of your cancer.
  • How well they may improve overall survival.
  • How well results may be maintained long-term.
  • How side effects compare among treatments, and how they may be managed.
  • Dosing and how treatments are given.
  • The type of patient support available during treatment.

Our Treatment Decision Guide can help

This downloadable guide helps answer these and other questions many new Hodgkin lymphoma patients have.

Use the guide to review the effectiveness of ADCETRIS plus AVD, a newer option for previously untreated advanced stage Hodgkin lymphoma as compared to ABVD, a commonly prescribed chemotherapy treatment.

Download the Guide

Your first treatment choice matters


Up to 30% of people with previously untreated Stage 3 or 4 Hodgkin lymphoma who received traditional chemotherapy relapse or did not respond to treatment?

3 out of 10 people.

Your treatment, your choice

Your voice matters when it comes to making a first-time treatment decision for Stage 3 or 4 classical Hodgkin lymphoma

Your doctor may not mention ADCETRIS plus AVD as an option. While they are the expert regarding your diagnosis, you and your care team are equal partners in the treatment decision. Your perspective and concerns play an essential role in selecting a treatment that works for you.

  • Don’t hesitate to speak up and ask questions.
  • Familiarize yourself with all available treatments.
  • It’s OK to propose an option your doctor may not mention.
  • Seek a second opinion if that will help you feel confident about your choice.

If you’re considering a first-time treatment for Stage 3 or 4 Hodgkin lymphoma, ADCETRIS plus AVD may be an option for you

In a large clinical study, ADCETRIS plus AVD was compared to traditional ABVD chemotherapy.

Relapsed classical Hodgkin lymphoma

For some people, cancer may relapse after initial treatment (stem cell transplant).

For others, certain treatments may not work to control tumor growth or treat cancer. However, they may still benefit from treatment with ADCETRIS if they failed at least 2 chemotherapy treatments and stem cell transplant is not an option.

See how ADCETRIS worked in people with relapsed classical Hodgkin lymphoma.

Consolidation after stem cell transplant

Sometimes people receive a stem cell transplant if their disease comes back after initial treatment.

ADCETRIS may be given to reduce the risk of relapse or worsening disease. This is called consolidation treatment.

See how ADCETRIS worked in people given as consolidation treatment.


ABVD: A combination of 4 chemotherapies—Adriamycin, bleomycin, vinblastine, and dacarbazine.

AVD: A combination of 3 chemotherapies—Adriamycin, vinblastine, and dacarbazine.

Consolidation treatment: Treatment that aims to kill any cancer cells that may be left in the body after initial treatment.

Relapse: When cancer has returned after a period of remission.

Remission: When signs and symptoms of cancer are reduced or undetectable.

Mary Ann’s treatment journey

Mary Ann’s treatment journey

Mary Ann was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin lymphoma while going through major changes in her life. She researched her available treatments and built a strong partnership with her oncologist and care team to reach a treatment decision.

Researching treatments and discussing options

Considering the benefits and risks of each treatment

Making the decision to treat with ADCETRIS

ADCETRIS will not work for everyone.

Personalized assistance from Seagen Secure® can help eligible patients get started with ADCETRIS, answer insurance coverage questions, and access alternative support options.

Learn about patient support