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Gynecol Obstet Invest. 2000;50(4):269-74.

Randomized trial of cisplatin and carboplatin versus cisplatin, vinblastine and bleomycin in ovarian cancer.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Nagoya University School of Medicine, Nagoya, Japan.


Between January 1992 and July 1997, 202 cases of epithelial ovarian cancer were registered and assigned randomly to a combination of cisplatin and carboplatin (PP group), or cisplatin, vinblastine and bleomycin (PVB group). We analyzed 189 patients whose clinical records were available. The PP chemotherapeutic regimen was advantageous in terms of overall survival compared to the PVB regimen until 4 years after the initial operation. However, the 5-year survival rates were almost the same in both groups. However, in stage III patients, the mean survival time in the PP group was 51.4 months and that in the PVB group was 23.3 months, and there was a statistically significant difference in the survival curves between the two groups (p = 0.0158). The 5-year survival rates were 31.1 and 20.4% in the PP and PVB groups, respectively, in stage III patients. The PP regimen was also significantly superior in patients with macroscopic residual tumor after the initial operation, and the 5-year survival rates were 25.7 and 10.1% in the PP and PVB groups, respectively (p = 0.0128). However, there was no significant difference between the two regimens in patients without macroscopic residual tumor. Cox's proportional hazards regression analysis showed that tumor stage, presence of macroscopic residual tumor, and the chemotherapeutic regimen used were significant prognostic factors. In conclusion, the PP chemotherapeutic regimen is superior to the PVB regimen especially in the treatment of advanced ovarian cancer.

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