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FLEP chemotherapy for alpha-fetoprotein-producing gastric cancer.

OBJECTIVE: This study aimed at comparing the efficacy of FLEP chemotherapy in the treatment of stage IV AFP-producing gastric cancer and stage IV non-AFP-producing gastric cancer. METHODS: Between 1989 and 2002, 57 patients with stage IV inoperable gastric cancer were given a combination of chemotherapy with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), leucovorin (LV), etoposide (VP-16) and cis-diamminedichloroplatinum (CDDP) (designated as FLEP). In the two groups classified histologically according to AFP positivity, the rate of response and conversion to surgery, disease-free and overall survival were compared. The disease-free and overall survival in the two groups was compared by a log-rank test. RESULTS: Patients of the AFP-producing group had a significantly better response rate (70 vs. 31.9%, p = 0.03) and a better conversion rate (40 vs. 12.8%, p = 0.04) than those of the non-AFP-producing group. Patients of the AFP-producing group also had a significantly better disease-free and overall survival (p = 0.02) than those of the non-AFP-producing group. AFP-producing gastric cancer was identified as an independent prognostic factor. CONCLUSION: FLEP chemotherapy was more effective for stage IV AFP-producing gastric cancer than in stage IV non-AFP-producing gastric cancer. Preoperative FLEP chemotherapy improved the prognosis of AFP-producing gastric cancer because of downstaging.[1]

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  1. FLEP chemotherapy for alpha-fetoprotein-producing gastric cancer. Kochi, M., Fujii, M., Kaiga, T., Takahashi, T., Morishita, Y., Kobayashi, M., Kasakura, Y., Takayama, T. Oncology (2004) [Pubmed]
 
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