Author(s): Greco FA, Richardson RL, Snell JD, Stroup SL, Oldham RK
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Abstract Thirty-two patients with limited-stage small cell lung cancer were treated with combined supervoltage radiotherapy and a combination of cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin and vincristine chemotherapy. The goal of obtaining a complete remission, the necessary step which precedes improved survival, was successful in 26 of 27 of completely re-evaluated patients. Fiberoptic bronchoscopy was useful in substantiating complete remission status. Seventeen of the 32 patients remain alive from 8+ to 28+ months (median 16+ months). Ten patients are alive and relapse-free from 12+ to 28+ months (median 19+ months). Transient granulocytopenia (mean nadir 650 cells/mm3) during induction therapy and the associated risk of infection were the most serious toxicities encountered. This therapy produces complete remission on roentgenography and bronchoscopy, symtomatic improvement and improved survival in the majority of patients with limited-stage small cell lung cancer. A portion of these patients may have their disease eradicated.
This article was published in Am J Med
and referenced in Journal of Cancer Science & Therapy