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Gan To Kagaku Ryoho. 2002 Feb;29(2):176-81.

[Intra-arterial infusion chemotherapy for breast cancer].

[Article in Japanese]

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Department of Surgery, Keio University Hospital, 35 Shinanomachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8582, Japan.


Intra-arterial infusion chemotherapy has a significant effect in down-staging locally advanced breast cancer by providing a high dose intensity. It is also used for the treatment of liver metastasis. A better response rate and lower incidence of adverse effects are reported when patients are treated with intra-arterial infusion chemotherapy than with systemic chemotherapy using the same dose of the same drugs. Recent advances in devices such as access ports and portable infusion pumps make it possible to perform intra-arterial infusion chemotherapy repeatedly and safely. However, it remains uncertain whether or not intra-arterial infusion chemotherapy can improve the prognosis of cancer patients because of the lack of data from phase III trials. Accordingly, further studies including combined use of systemic chemotherapy are mandatory to the control of micrometastases outside the target organ.

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