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Gynecol Oncol. 1997 May;65(2):366-9.

Complete remission of refractory gestational trophoblastic disease with brain metastases treated with multicycle ifosfamide, carboplatin, and etoposide (ICE) and stem cell rescue.

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  • 1Department of Hematology, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston 77030, USA.


Patients with chemotherapy-refractory gestational trophoblastic disease and brain metastasis are considered to have a very poor prognosis. We present the case of a patient who had failed several chemotherapeutic regimens. Despite transient responses to chemotherapy, she had not achieved a complete remission in 3 years, and had developed systemic disease and recurrent brain metastasis. She was treated with four cycles of high-dose ifosfamide, carboplatin, and etoposide with blood progenitor cell support. She tolerated this regimen well and has obtained a complete remission that is ongoing for 12 months.

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