Between January 1996 and November 1998 38 patients were treated with induction chemotherapy. Patients were distributed in two randomized groups, 19-19 patients in each, receiving (group N) either bleomycin, vincristine and methotrexate (BVM) or the previous medication plus cisplatin (BVCM) chemotherapy (group C). Side effects were low and reversible during the treatments. The clinical regression rate (RR) of the cases was 87% including complete regression 24%. There was no difference between the two groups. There was no difference in the pathological macroscopic regression, however group C was better in microscopic regression. During the 27.5 months of average follow-up time, group N had a significantly better result in the tumor-free survival, with a lower rate of metastatic recidives (N/C = 2/9). There was no significant difference in the overall survival rate, due to the radical neck dissections of recidive metastases. According to our experience we recommend the use of cisplatin in conjunction with neck radiotherapy.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 5 2000|
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