Future directions in Hodgkin lymphoma: checkpoint inhibitors and beyond

Sanjal Desai, Stephen M. Ansell

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Classic Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL) is curable with chemotherapy but relapses occur in approximately 30% of cases. Novel agents, including brentuximb vedotin (BV) and programmed cell death-1 (PD-1) inhibitors, alone or in combination with chemotherapy, have encouraging activity in newly diagnosed and relapsed/refractory cHL, confirming that the use of agents that target tumor cells or the tumor microenvironment are promising strategies to improve patient outcomes. The field of immunotherapy in cHL is now moving toward combinations of PD-1 inhibitors with other immunological agents such as cytotoxic T- lymphocyte associated protein-4 (CTLA-4) inhibitors, newer PD-1 inhibitors such as sintilimab, tislelizumab, avelumab and camrelizumab, bispecific antibodies such as AFM-13, cellular therapies using CD30 chimeric antigen T-cells (CD30.CART) and anti-CD25 antibody-drug conjugates such as camidanlumab tesirine (cami-T). Here we review early phase studies evaluating these approaches in the treatment of cHL.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1795-1804
Number of pages10
JournalLeukemia and Lymphoma
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2021


  • AFM-13
  • CD30.CART
  • CTLA-4 inhibitors
  • Classic Hodgkin lymphoma
  • PD-1 inhibitors
  • cami-T
  • immunotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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