Purpose: To evaluate the feasibility of induction chemotherapy followed by concomitant chemotherapy and hyperfractionated irradiation in locally advanced, inoperable head and neck cancer. Methods: A pilot study was undertaken comprising 3 cycles of cisplatinum (100 mg/m2, day 1) and 5- fluorouracil (1000 mg/m2 in continuous intravenous infusion over the first 120 h) followed by bifractionated radiotherapy applied to tumor/involved lymph nodes up to the dose of 74.4 Gy given in 2 fractions of 1.2 Gy daily for 5 days a week combined with concomitant weekly cisplatinum infusion (50 mg/m2). Results: Six patients were enrolled in the study. All of them completed the protocol therapy. Severe mucositis and myelotoxicity were the most common acute side effects observed in all and in 5 of the patients, respectively. Acute toxicity required interruption of concomitant chemotherapy in 5 cases and in 2 interruption of radiotherapy was necessary. Opioid analgesic parenteral therapy was administered in 4 patients. Three of them had to be hospitalized. One patient experienced cerebral stroke 1 day after the completion of therapy and died 7 days later. Due to high acute toxicity, patient accrual was terminated after 6 patients. At the mean follow-up of 17 months, 4 patients are alive, 3 of them are free of disease and in 1 local progression has been diagnosed. Conclusions: High acute toxicity of induction cisplatinum and 5-fluorouracil followed by concomitant cisplatinum and hyperfractionated irradiation calls for less toxic treatment schedules in locally advanced inoperable head and neck cancer.
Induction chemotherapy followed by simultaneous hyperfractionated radiochemotherapy in advanced head and neck cancer / B.A. Jereczek-Fossa, F. De Braud, M. Gasparetto, T. De Pas, N. Tradati, M.C. Leonardi, H.R. Marsiglia, R. Orecchia. - In: STRAHLENTHERAPIE UND ONKOLOGIE. - ISSN 0179-7158. - 174:9(1998), pp. 457-461.
|Titolo:||Induction chemotherapy followed by simultaneous hyperfractionated radiochemotherapy in advanced head and neck cancer|
JERECZEK, BARBARA ALICJA (Primo) (Corresponding)
DE BRAUD, FILIPPO GUGLIELMO MARIA (Secondo)
ORECCHIA, ROBERTO (Ultimo)
|Parole Chiave:||Concomitant radiochemotherapy; Head and neck cancer; Hyperfractionated radiotherapy; Induction chemotherapy|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/36 - Diagnostica per Immagini e Radioterapia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1998|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF03038623|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|
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