Toxicity, second cancers cause researchers to question radiation’s role in Hodgkin lymphoma

Radiation therapy has been an integral part of treatment for patients with early-stage Hodgkin lymphoma since the 1960s. David J. Straus, MD, an internist and hematologic oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, coauthored a viewpoint published in JAMA Oncology that suggested radiation therapy can be administered more safely and perhaps could be eliminated from the treatment of some patients with early-stage Hodgkin lymphoma.