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Urologe A. 2005 Aug;44(8):915-7.

["Second line" polychemotherapy in metastatic urothelial cancer of the renal pelvis. Persisting partial remission by 18 treatment cycles of gemcitabine/paclitaxel after 24 treatment cycles gemcitabine/cisplatin "stable disease"].

[Article in German]

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Klinik für Urologie und Kinderurologie, Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Kiel, Kiel.


Moderate activity of systemic chemotherapy for advanced urothelial cancer has been reported for more than 30 years. Only with the advent of potent combination therapy in the mid-1980s have clinically significant response rates and prolonged survival been documented. Due to the small number of cases and poor prognosis, knowledge is scant about the therapeutic effect of "second-line" polychemotherapy in metastatic upper tract urothelial cancer. We report an interesting case of a 59-year-old man suffering from urothelial cancer of the renal pelvis with pulmonary, lymphogenous, and bone metastases who had an unexpected response to "second-line" chemotherapy with only 2 treatment cycles of gemcitabine/paclitaxel (partial remission) after 24 treatment cycles of gemcitabine/cisplatin in "stable disease" with progression between the therapeutic intervals.

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