NYMC Faculty Publications

Title

Surveillance Imaging in Pediatric Lymphoma

First Page

1565

Last Page

1573

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

October 2019

Department

Pediatrics

Abstract

Current therapies used in treating children with Hodgkin lymphoma and many histological subtypes of non-Hodgkin lymphoma have resulted in overall survival rates exceeding 90% in many instances. With increasing concerns related to the cost of radiologic imaging, exposure to ionizing radiation, and potential false-positive results, the role of routine off-therapy surveillance imaging has been called into question. Although radiologic imaging plays an important role in diagnosing and assessing treatment response, in these children - the majority of whom have an excellent outcome following completion of therapy - there is an opportunity to dramatically reduce the number of off-therapy imaging evaluations. This review summarizes several recent studies in both Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma providing evidence to support these efforts. In addition, we propose a surveillance imaging strategy that uses a novel risk-adapted and response-based approach to determine which children would most benefit from off-therapy imaging surveillance.

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