Neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by radiotherapy and concurrent hyperthermia in patients with advanced-stage cervical cancer: A retrospective study

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Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of neoadjuvant chemotherapy, followed by radiotherapy and concurrent hyperthermia (triple therapy) in patients with advanced-stage cervical cancer. Methods: We selected 43 patients from our hyperthermia database, who were treated from 1996 to 2010 with triple therapy for large primary tumours (>6 cm) or para-aortic lymph node metastases. All patients received platinum-based chemotherapy followed by full-dose radiotherapy, brachytherapy and five hyperthermia treatments. The response was evaluated by gynaecological examination and a CT-scan. Time-to-event variables were estimated using the Kaplan Meier method and the Cox regression method. Results: The mean age of the patients was 50.4 years (range 29-80). The median tumour size was 5.6 cm at diagnosis (range 2.6-8.2), positive lymph nodes were present in 90.7%. A total of 67% of the patients completed all six planned courses of chemotherapy. After completion of neoadjuvant chemotherapy, 83.7% of patients achieved a complete or partial response. At the end of treatment, the complete response rate was 81.4% (95%CI 69.2-93.5). Grade 2, 3 and 4 acute vascular toxicity occurred in 17 Conclusion: The triple therapy seems feasible and effective in the treatment of advanced-stage, high-risk cervical cancer. However, chemotherapy-induced vascular toxicity occurred frequently, which may warrant the use of prophylactic anticoagulants. We recommend a phase II trial for prospective confirmation for comparison with standard chemoradiation and the use of anticoagulants.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)554-561
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Hyperthermia
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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