Author(s): Yeung AR, Amdur RJ, Morris CG, Morgan LS, Mendenhall WM
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Abstract PURPOSE: To report the long-term outcome after radiotherapy with curative intent for Stage IIIB and IVA carcinoma of the cervix. METHODS AND MATERIALS: We retrospectively reviewed 91 patients treated with radiotherapy with curative intent at the University of Florida between January 1980 and December 2003 for Stage IIIB (84 patients) or IVA (7 patients) carcinoma of the cervix. RESULTS: The median follow-up of the surviving patients was 8.8 years. The 5- and 10-year estimates of local control, regional control, locoregional control, relapse-free survival, and overall survival were 53\% and 53\%, 55\% and 47\%, 34\% and 29\%, 30\% and 26\%, and 29\% and 21\%, respectively. Ninety percent of the recurrences occurred within 2 years of treatment. Of these, 60\% of all failures were local, 29\% were regional, and 11\% were distant failures alone. Also, 17\% of the failures were in the paraaortic nodes with no evidence of failure in the pelvis. Univariate and multivariate analyses were conducted with the endpoint of relapse-free or overall survival. No factor was statistically significant. Complications from therapy were scored using the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group grading system; the overall severe late complication rate was 13\% (Grade 3-5). CONCLUSION: This series is one of the most mature of published reports. With long-term follow-up, approximately one-third of patients with Stage IIIB or IVA carcinoma of the cervix were cured, with a 13\% complication rate.
This article was published in Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys
and referenced in Gynecology & Obstetrics