Targeted intra-arterial chemoradiation for advanced tonsil cancer

Srikanth I. Naidu, Francisco Vieira, Sandeep Samant*, Meng C. Vang, Ajim Y. Wan, Thomas K. Robbins

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OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of combined radiation and targeted, intra-arterial (IA) cisplatin infusions (RADPLAT) in patients with advanced squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the tonsil. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: Prospective study of treatment outcomes and toxicity of patients enrolled on the RADPLAT protocol, with specific analysis of patients with advanced SCC of the tonsil. RESULTS: Thirty patients with advanced tonsil carcinoma (17 T 4, 12 T3, 1 T2) were enrolled, and 24 of 30 patients completed at least 3 IA cisplatin infusions and a minimum of 63 Gy or radiation therapy (minimum therapy). Two-year estimated overall and disease-specific survival was 42% and 50%, respectively, for all 30 patients (intent-to-treat group) and 49% and 58%, respectively, for the minimum therapy subgroup. The 2-year estimated local and regional disease control was 87% and 90%, respectively, for the intent-to-treat group, and 100% and 90% for the minimum therapy subgroup. Functional organ preservation was achieved in 92% of patients. CONCLUSIONS: Locoregional disease control achieved with this regimen appears to be significantly improved over that described in the literature for similarly staged tonsil cancer. Survival, on the other hand, remains comparable. EBM RATING: C

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)882-887
Number of pages6
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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