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J Urol. 1997 May;157(5):1604-7.

Treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma with a combination of human lymphoblastoid interferon-alpha and cimetidine.

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  • 1Department of Urology, Osaka Medical Center for Cancer and Cardiovascular Diseases, Japan.



We examined whether cimetidine could augment the efficacy of interferon-alpha therapy for advanced renal cell carcinoma.


Of 31 male and 6 female patients treated with interferon-alpha and cimetidine 21 had metastases at diagnosis and 15 had a recurrence after nephrectomy. One patient had a primary tumor with thrombus in the inferior vena cava. Lymphoblastoid interferon-alpha was administered at 5 megaunits daily intramuscularly 5 to 7 days a week for at least 8 weeks, and cimetidine was administered orally at 800 mg. daily in 4 divided doses. The evaluable tumors included 30 in the lung, 6 lymph nodes, 5 bone, 4 kidney and 1 inferior vena cava.


Combined therapy with interferon-alpha and cimetidine resulted in a complete response in 7 patients, a partial response in 8, stable disease in 12 and progression in 10. The objective response rate was 41%. The lung metastasis showed the best response to combined therapy. The 5-year survival rates for patients with and without response, and overall were 74, 20 and 41%, respectively. Histopathologically, high grade tumors had a better response to combined therapy than did low grade tumors.


Combined therapy with interferon-alpha and cimetidine for advanced renal cell carcinoma resulted in a definitively good response. A prospective randomized trial should be performed to elucidate the efficacy of the combined therapy.

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