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Neoadjuvant chemotherapy in maxillary sinus carcinoma with cisplatinum and peplomycin intraarterial infusion.

The purpose of this paper is to present our preliminary assessment of a new multimodal treatment including neoadjuvant chemotherapy with cisplatinum and peplomycin for maxillary sinus carcinoma. Fifteen patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the maxillary sinus carcinoma seen at Keio University Hospital, with Stage III and IV disease, were enrolled in this trial between January 1982 and January 1985. Regimen of chemotherapy was as follows: day 1, 50 mg/m2 of cisplatinum, intraarterial infusion over 2 hr, days 2-6, peplomycin at a dose of 5 mg/day, intraarterial infusion over 5 hr. Routinely, radiotherapy of 40 Gy by Linac was given to the primary site, concomitantly combined with 5-fluorouracil intraarterial injections only during the first 10 days, 2 weeks after the end of initial chemotherapy. Additional treatment was performed according to the extent of residual tumor. Response to initial chemotherapy revealed that complete response was achieved in 7 and partial response in 6 out of 15 patients with a response rate of 87%. Nine patients required no surgical intervention while 6 underwent a surgical resection. Median follow-up in this group of patients is 20 months. Thirty-month survival rate calculated by Kaplan-Meier's method was 83%. Chemotherapy toxicity was mild in most cases. This pilot study does not provide conclusive survival information, but the results obtained are encouraging.[1]


  1. Neoadjuvant chemotherapy in maxillary sinus carcinoma with cisplatinum and peplomycin intraarterial infusion. Inuyama, Y., Fujii, M., Tanaka, J., Takaoka, T., Hosoda, H., Kohno, N., Saito, S. Auris, nasus, larynx. (1985) [Pubmed]
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