Failure of effective initial chemotherapy to modify the course of stage IV (MO) squamous cancer of the head and neck

Steven E. Vogl, Harvey Lerner, Barry H. Kaplan, Christopher Coughlin, Beryl McCormick, Fernando Camacho, James Cinberg

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Twenty‐four patients with advanced squamous cancer of the head and neck without distant metastases were given combination chemotherapy including methotrexate, bleomycin and diamminedichloroplatinum before planned local treatment with irradiation or surgery. Of 22 evaluable patients, 17 had objective partial or complete remission to initial chemotherapy. However, only ten patients ever had complete clearing at any time of all tumor on clinical evaluation. Median survival was ten months, and only two patients remained alive 14 and 29 months, respectively, from entry. Toxicity was minimal with the three‐drug treatment, but the addition of mitomycin‐C at the start of chemotherapy substantially increased toxicity without improving efficacy. Subsequent surgery and radiotherapy were accomplished without unusual difficulty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)840-844
Number of pages5
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 1982


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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