We treated 19 consecutive patients with cisplatin, bleomycin, and methotrexate before definitive surgery or radiation therapy. Fourteen patients (74 percent) had partial or complete tumor regression after chemotherapy. With a minimum follow-up time of 27 months, none of the 4 patients who had a major histologic response relapsed, and only 2 of the remaining 15 patients continued disease-free. The achievement of a complete histologic response after preoperative chemotherapy may correlate with long-term disease-free survival after surgery and radiation therapy for head and neck cancer.
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