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J Clin Oncol. 1999 Sep;17(9):2915-21.

Definitive chemoradiotherapy for T4 and/or M1 lymph node squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus.

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Departments of Gastrointestinal Oncology/Gastroenterology and Radiation Oncology, National Cancer Center Hospital East, Kashiwa, Japan.



To investigate the efficacy and feasibility of concurrent chemoradiotherapy for locally advanced carcinoma of the esophagus.


Fifty-four patients with clinically T4 and/or M1 lymph node (LYM) squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus were enrolled. Patients received protracted infusion of fluorouracil 400 mg/m(2)/24 hours on days 1 to 5 and 8 to 12, 2-hour infusion of cisplatin 40 mg/m(2) on days 1 and 8, and concurrent radiation therapy at a dose of 30 Gy in 15 fractions over 3 weeks. Filgrastim was prophylactically administered to 35 patients. This schedule was repeated twice every 5 weeks, for a total radiation dose of 60 Gy, followed by two courses of fluorouracil (800 mg/m(2)/24 hours for 5 days) and cisplatin (80 mg/m(2) on day 1).


There were 21 patients with T4M0 disease, one with T2M1 LYM, 17 with T3M1 LYM, and 15 withT4M1 LYM. Forty-nine patients (91%) completed at least the chemoradiotherapy segment. The 18 patients (33%) who achieved a complete response included nine (25%) of the 36 with T4 disease and nine (50%) of the 18 with non-T4 disease. Major toxicities were leukocytopenia and esophagitis; there were four (7%) treatment-related deaths. Prophylactic filgrastim reduced the incidence of grade 3 or worse leukopenia without improving dose-intensity or response. With a median follow-up duration of 43 months, median survival time was 9 months. The 3-year survival rate was 23%.


Despite its significant toxicity, this combined modality seemed to have curative potential even in cases of locally advanced carcinoma of the esophagus.

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