From 1981 to 1989, 21 patients with heavily pretreated head and neck cancers were retreated with combined chemotherapy (CT) and irradiation (RT). All patients had previously received radiation therapy with doses of 50-70 Gy. Metastatic disease to lungs and/or osseous sites occurred in 4 patients. Treatment consisted of simultaneous cisplatin, 5-fluorouracil, and external beam radiation therapy, with planned doses of 20 to 70 Gy. The RT + CT was given over 5 consecutive days every 2 weeks. Four patients did not complete treatment due to toxicity (2 patients) or disease progression (2 patients). All patients developed grade 2-3 mucositis. Because of toxicity, 11 patients required treatment delays of 1 to 3 weeks. Classically complete responses were noted in 10 patients (48%), with partial responses occurring in 5 patients (24%). Of the 21 patients, 18 have died; 13 had local and/or regional recurrence, 2 died of treatment toxicity and 3 died of intercurrent disease. Median time to progression was 5 months (range: 1-15 months). Three patients remain alive with no evidence of disease at 44, 86, and 88 months after retreatment.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||American Journal of Clinical Oncology: Cancer Clinical Trials|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1994|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research