Induction chemotherapy followed by radical surgery in cervical cancer

Gynecologic Oncology
P R DottinoC J Cohen


To evaluate the therapeutic potential of cytotoxic therapy in patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix, 28 patients with disease clinically localized to the pelvis were treated with chemotherapy followed by radical pelvic surgery. Treatment consisted of cis-platinum 50 mg/m2, mitomycin C 10 mg/m2, vincristine 1.0 mg/m2, and bleomycin 10 U IM given as a course (over 21 days) of induction chemotherapy followed by radical hysterectomy and pelvic and aortic lymphadenectomy in 26 patients and total pelvic exenteration in 2 patients. The stage distribution of the patients in the study was 4 stage IB, 6 stage IIA, 7 stage IIB, 1 stage IIIA, 11 stage IIIB, and 1 stage IVA. Two patients with stage IIIB cancer were found, at the time of laparotomy, to have carcinomatosis and were excluded from the final evaluation in this study. All patients achieved a clinical and histologic response to chemotherapy. There were 35% complete and 65% partial responses. After chemotherapy, at the time of surgery, 4 patients were found to be histologically free of disease, and the incidence of surgically documented nodal disease after chemotherapy was found to be 32%. There was no significant hematologic or pulmonary toxicity. Induction chemother...Continue Reading


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