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Praxis (Bern 1994). 1999 Mar 18;88(12):507-12.

[Stem cell supported high dose chemotherapy (HDCT) in primary treatment of advanced ovarian carcinoma].

[Article in German]

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Frauenklinik, Universität Ulm, Wiesbaden.


The standard treatment for ovarian cancer consists of staging laparotomy with aggressive debulking, a pelvic and paraaortal lymphadenectomy if indicated and a postoperative chemotherapy. A reappraisal of primary high dose chemotherapy in advanced ovarian cancer seems warranted because of high remission rates of such schedules in palliative situations. For a nation-wide interdisciplinary phase I/II multi-center-study 49 patients were recruited. Induction for stem cell mobilization consists of two cycles of cyclophosphamide and taxol. Three high dose cycles follow with a steady dose-escalation of carboplatin by a factor of 4, this is contrast to a conventionally dosed chemotherapy. During the first two cycles taxol is added, during the third etoposide and melphalane. The plan of primary sequential high dose therapy proved feasible in this study. In a prospective randomized follow-up study primary high dose therapy is compared to conventional chemotherapy (AGO-Ovar-5-study). It results will answer the question whether primary high dose chemotherapy with stem cell support improves the course of ovarian cancer compared to conventional treatment.

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