Background: The radical removal of mesopharyngeal tumors necessitates very extensive, aggressive surgery. In certain cases, therefore, they strive to ensure the quality of life of these patients by means of two other possibilities in the complex treatment: chemotherapy and irradiation; in this way, over radicality can be avoided. Aim: One of the elements of the complex therapy may be intraarterial chemotherapy. The present work relates to a study of the effects and side-effects of primary intraarterial chemotherapy administrated in the period 1995-2000, and the overall survival of the patients. Patients and method: Remission was attained in a total of 30 patients who participated in primary intraarterial chemotherapy. The degree of severity of any complications that occurred was studied, as was the duration of survival. Treatment was performed by retrograde cannulation of the external carotid artery and the administration of a relatively low dose of drug for a relatively long time (5-14 days). The intra-arterial chemotherapy was supplemented with other modes of treatment. Results: A clinically observable degree of tumor regression was detected in 83,3% of the cases after the intra-arterial treatment. The 5-year survival rate was - 30%. Conclusions: The overall survival rate for oropharyngeal carcinoma patients treated with combined procedures is reported to range between 32% and 83%. Since our patients (with 2 exceptions) were in stage III or IV, and in many cases were inoperable, our 5-year survival rate of - 30% may be stated to be acceptable, while the quality of life of the patients was much more favourable than following the primary radical operation.
|Translated title of the contribution||Survival prospects of mesopharyngeal carcinoma patients treated primarily with intraarterial chemotherapy. A retrospective study|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 22 2006|
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