Epidural cord compressions are a frequent and serious problem for patients with cancer. Standard treatment for these lesions includes local irradiation with or without surgery. Herein are reported two cases of epidural cord compression from Hodgkin's disease that responded dramatically to systemic chemotherapy. A review of the literature reveals reports of successful chemotherapy in the treatment of seven patients with epidural metastases secondary to lymphomas and 15 secondary to a variety of other tumors. The use of systemic chemotherapy is an increasingly important therapeutic option for treatment of epidural cord compressions in carefully selected patients.
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