Recurrent cervical cancer treated with cisplatin and methotrexate.
AffiliationChristie Hospital NHS Trust, Withington, Manchester, UK.
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AbstractA combination of cisplatin (80 mg/m2) and methotrexate (200 mg bolus and 400 mg as a 12-hour infusion) was given to 40 patients who developed local recurrence of cervical cancer after radiotherapy. A maximum of six courses was given at monthly intervals. Twenty-five of the forty (63%) evaluable patients responded, of which 4 (10%) responded completely. A symptomatic response, with reduction of pain, leg oedema, vaginal discharge and breathlessness was seen in 27 (68%) of patients. The median survival of all patients was 11 months. Toxicity was moderate; WHO grade 1 or greater was observed in 83% for nausea and vomiting, 67% for myelosuppression and 47% for mucositis. This combination chemotherapy is active in the treatment of recurrent cervical cancer and a modification of this regimen is currently being assessed as neo-adjuvant therapy in patients with Stage IIB-IVA cervical cancer.
CitationRecurrent cervical cancer treated with cisplatin and methotrexate. 1993, 5 (4):203-6 Clin Oncol