Year : 2009 | Volume
: 5 | Issue : 2 | Page : 102--106
Results of combined modality treatment for nasopharyngeal cancer
Ramachandran Venkitaraman1, S Ganapathy Ramanan2, A Vasanthan2, Tenali Gnana Sagar2
1 Division of Clinical Oncology, Ipswich Hospital, United Kingdom
2 Division of Medical Oncology, Cancer Institute (WIA), Adyar, Chennai - 400 036, India
Context: Radiotherapy is the cornerstone of treatment in nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC); the addition of chemotherapy has shown improved results.
Aims: To compare the results of concurrent chemoradiation with that of radiotherapy alone in NPC.
Materials and Methods: One hundred and ninety consecutive NPC patients, without distant metastasis, who reported to the institute from January 1992 to December 2001, received external-beam radiation to 66 Gy in 33 fractions. Seventy-five of these patients received concurrent chemotherapy with cisplatin and 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) for four cycles. We compared the results of treatment in these two groups.
Results: The 5-year disease-free survival rates were 40% and 60%, respectively, for patients who had radiotherapy alone and those who had chemoradiation (P = 0.002), while the median survival was 45 months and 60 months, respectively (P = 0.0028).
Conclusion: A significant improvement in local control and survival was observed by the addition of concurrent chemotherapy with cisplatin and 5-FU to radical radiation in this nonrandomized study on patients with NPC.
Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Ipswich Hospital NHS
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Venkitaraman R, Ramanan S G, Vasanthan A, Sagar TG. Results of combined modality treatment for nasopharyngeal cancer.J Can Res Ther 2009;5:102-106
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Venkitaraman R, Ramanan S G, Vasanthan A, Sagar TG. Results of combined modality treatment for nasopharyngeal cancer. J Can Res Ther [serial online] 2009 [cited 2021 Apr 14 ];5:102-106
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