Author(s): Logothetis CJ, Samuels ML, Ogden S
Eight patients with unresectable adenocarcinoma of the bladder or urachus were treated with chemotherapy. Four had received cisplatin-based chemotherapy (CISCA), all 4 failed to respond. All 8 received intravenous and/or intra-arterial 5-fluorouracil, doxorubicin hydrochloride (Adriamycin), and mitomycin-C. Three of the 5 responding patients had short responses while 2 had achieved long-term control of disease. One is in complete remission for eleven plus months, and 1 patient had a partial remission of nineteen plus months. Five patients had serum CEA levels measured at presentation. In the 3 patients with an elevated CEA at presentation who responded to chemotherapy a corresponding drop in the initial level was seen. 5-Fluorouracil-based chemotherapy is effective in the management of adenocarcinoma of the bladder.