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Am J Clin Oncol. 2008 Feb;31(1):49-54. doi: 10.1097/COC.0b013e3180684181.

Combined resection, intraperitoneal chemotherapy, and whole abdominal radiation for the treatment of malignant peritoneal mesothelioma.

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  • 1Division of Oncology, Columbia University New York, New York, USA.



We report a single-institution Phase I or II trial of surgical debulking, intraperitoneal chemotherapy, and immunotherapy followed by whole abdominal radiotherapy in patients with malignant peritoneal mesothelioma.


Between 1997 and 2000, 27 patients with malignant peritoneal mesothelioma were enrolled: 23 with epithelial subtype and 4 with sarcomatoid or mixed subtype. The treatment regimen consisted of surgical debulking followed by 4 intraperitoneal courses of cisplatin alternating with 4 courses of doxorubicin, 4 doses of intraperitoneal gamma interferon, a second laparotomy with resection of residual disease plus intraoperative intraperitoneal mitomycin and cisplatin heated to 41 degrees C, and finally whole abdominal radiotherapy.


The median overall survival was 70 months with a 3-year survival of 67% (95% confidence interval, 46%-81%). Fourteen patients have died of their disease with a median time to death of 17 months (range, 0.4-71 months) after consenting to treatment. Seven patients are alive without evidence of disease with a median follow-up of 90 months (range, 71-110 months), and 6 are alive with disease with a median follow-up of 86 months (range, 70-106 months). The regimen was well tolerated. There were no patients with Grade III or IV hematological toxicities, 2 patients with Grade III ototoxicity, and 3 patients with Grade III gastrointestinal toxicity.


Based on the results of this study, intensive multimodality therapy appears feasible and effective in this group of patients.

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