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J Am Acad Dermatol. 1987 Jan;16(1 Pt 1):45-60.

Combined total body electron beam irradiation and chemotherapy for mycosis fungoides.

Abstract

Since 1979 a protocol of total body electron beam therapy (3,600 rads; 6 MeV), followed by six monthly cycles of chemotherapy (doxorubicin, 30 mg/M2 given intravenously once monthly, and cyclophosphamide, 100 mg/M2 given orally each day for 14 days), has been used to treat fifty patients with mycosis fungoides (primarily Stages I and II). A group of twenty-four patients, treated by identical high-dose electron beam therapy alone, served as control subjects. Actuarial analysis by the Kaplan-Meier method and statistical analysis by the generalized Wilcoxon test of Gehan demonstrated a significant difference (p = 0.008) in the probability of Stages I and II patients' remaining in complete clinical remission when combination therapy was compared with high-dose electron beam therapy alone. No statistically significant difference was demonstrated in patients in Stages III and IV mycosis fungoides. Although 60% of patients were in "complete clinical remission," the longest follow-up being 75 months, all continued to show karyotypic abnormalities of circulating lymphocytes, and 70% had intermittently and abnormally elevated blood levels of S├ęzary cells.

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