Skip Navigation

Regimen Information

For ABVD, including Side Effects


Drugs in this Regimen:

For the treatment of Hodgkin's Lymphoma

How ABVD chemotherapy is given and possible side effects.

ABVD for the treatment of Hodgkin's Lymphoma

ABVD is the acronym for a chemotherapy regimen used in the treatment of hodgkin’s lymphoma.



= Doxorubicin Hydrochloride (Adriamycin)


= Bleomycin


= Vinblastine Sulfate


= Dacarbazine

Chemotherapy is often given as a combination of drugs. Combinations usually work better than single drugs because different drugs kill cancer cells in different ways.


  • Anemia

  • Infection

  • Mouth Sores

  • Nausea & Vomiting

  • Appetite Loss

  • Constipation

For more information, see the 'Expert Resources' tab below.

Community Responses

Often, the most helpful information regarding treatment side effects comes not from clinical brochures, but rather from other patients like you. We've collected the most helpful community resources to help you prepare for the side effects and coping tips for your chemotherapy regimen.

What side effects did you experience while on this medication?

I'm Heather, and I'm a cancer survivor

Exercise. My side effects were relatively minimal, which my oncologist attributed to me being in good shape to start with and continuing to exercise throughout.

  • Thu Nov 8, 2012
Hi, I'm Kylie R.

Intense bone pain from injection given the day after chemo.

  • Mon Mar 3, 2014

This discussion needs your voice!

What were the specific side effects that you experienced while taking this medication? How did you manage them?

What coping tips would you give to new patients on this regimen?

There are currently no answers to this question. Be the first to answer!

This discussion needs your voice!

What do you wish you had known before taking this medication? What information would you like to pass on to patients who are beginning this medication?

Treatment Overview

This chemotherapy regimen is commonly used to treat:

Other chemotherapy regimens for the treatment of Hodgkin's Lymphoma:

See Expert Resources

The Navigating Care Library includes articles about cancer, chemotherapy regimens and drugs from the the National Cancer Institute and other experts.