Spontaneous regression of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma: a report of nine cases

Cancer. 1980 Nov 1;46(9):2093-9. doi: 10.1002/1097-0142(19801101)46:9<2093::aid-cncr2820460931>3.0.co;2-4.


Seven previously untreated patients and two previously treated patients with advanced non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (Stages III and IV) and favorable histologic subtypes had spontaneous regression of their lymphomas. Regressions were either complete or partial and were frequently durable. Six of the seven patients who had spontaneous regression of their lymphomas prior to any therapy have yet to require treatment. Seven of the nine spontaneous regressions occurred in a group of 44 patients who were followed with initial therapy deferred. Six patients had regression of their lymphomas prior to any therapy and one patient had previously received a small field of radiation therapy. Temporary spontaneous regression of lymphoma may be common in selected patients with favorable histologies and advanced disease in whom initial therapy is deferred.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lymphoma / diagnostic imaging
  • Lymphoma / pathology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Regression, Spontaneous*
  • Radiography