Brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris) is available on the NHS as a possible treatment for relapsed and refractory CD30-positive Hodgkin lymphoma in adults who:
- have already had a stem cell transplant using their own cells or
- cannot have multi-agent chemotherapy or a stem cell transplant using their own cells, but have already had at least 2 other treatments.
If you are not eligible for treatment, you should be able to continue taking brentuximab vedotin until you and your doctor decide when best to stop.
Is this treatment right for me?
Your healthcare professionals should give you clear information, talk with you about your options and listen carefully to your views and concerns. Your family can be involved too, if you wish. Read more about making decisions about your care.
Questions to think about
- How well does it work compared with other treatments?
- What are the risks or side effects? How likely are they?
- How will the treatment affect my day-to-day life?
- What happens if the treatment does not work?
- What happens if I do not want to have treatment? Are there other treatments available?
Information and support
NHS Choices may be a good place to find out more. These organisations can give you advice and support:
- Macmillan Cancer Support, 0808 808 0000
- Cancer Research UK patient information (previously CancerHelp UK), 0808 800 4040
- Bloodwise (previously Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research), 0808 2080 888
- Lymphoma Association, 0808 808 5555
- Leukaemia CARE, 0808 801 0444
You can also get support from your local Healthwatch.
NICE is not responsible for the quality or accuracy of any information or advice provided by these organisations.
This page was last updated: 13 June 2018