Treatment of Hodgkin's disease in children should be directed at maximizing cures and minimizing the long-term effects of alkylating agents, anthracyclines, and bleomycin. In this study methotrexate and etoposide were used in the VAMP/VEPA regimens to treat 60 clinically staged pediatric patients with Hodgkin's disease. Twenty-nine patients with stages I-IIA received four courses of VAMP plus low-dose radiotherapy. Thirty-one IIA bulky disease and IIB-IVB patients received four or six courses of VEPA plus low-dose radiotherapy. There were 6 partial remissions after the completion of chemotherapy and all of these patients relapsed, but 4 were successfully salvaged with ABMT. Two patients have died. The 3.1-year overall survival rate is 97% (100% VAMP, 94% VEPA) and the event-free survival rate is 88% (97% VAMP, 77% VEPA). These results suggest that VAMP is a reasonable treatment for low stages of Hodgkin's disease, but more advanced disease is not adequately treated by VEPA and low-dose radiotherapy.