Since 1985, twelve patients with anal carcinoma underwent simultaneous radiation and chemotherapy as primary treatment. The primary tumor region and the regional lymph drainage area received a total dose of 30 Gy over three weeks or 50 Gy over five weeks. During the first week of radiotherapy, 5-fluorouracil (1000 mg/m2 daily for four days by continuous infusion), and mitomycin (10 mg/m2 on day 1) were administered; four weeks later, a second cycle at the same dosage followed. This treatment schedule was well tolerated by all patients and all tumors responded. In only one patient was the tumor still palpable at the end of the treatment period. In eight patients a biopsy was obtained from the primary tumor region four weeks after treatment had ended: in six of them no further operative treatment was necessary, because no evidence of tumor was found in the biopsy. It is concluded from these results that simultaneous radiation and chemotherapy is the best primary treatment of anal carcinoma.
|Translated title of the contribution||Function-preserving treatment of anal carcinoma by simultaneous radiotherapy and chemotherapy|
|Journal||Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 1987|