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Acta Oncol. 1997;36(8):799-802.

Low acute toxicity of radiotherapy and radiochemotherapy in patients with cancer of the anal canal and HIV-infection.

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  • 1Abteilung Strahlentherapie, Universitätsklinikum Benjamin Franklin der Freien Universität Berlin, Germany.


Although not an AIDS-defining malignancy, anal cancer is an evolving problem in HIV-infected patients. Treatment-tolerance to radiotherapy as well as to chemotherapy is supposed to be reduced in patients with HIV-infection. From January 1995 to January 1997, four patients with epidermoid cancer of the anal canal and a long history of HIV-infection but without symptoms of AIDS or repeated severe infections were treated with radiotherapy (n = 1) or radiochemotherapy (n = 3). External beam radiotherapy with 45 Gy to the tumor and pelvic as well as inguinal lymphatic drainage was administered. In tumors larger than T2 N0 lesions an additional boost of 9 Gy was given. Chemotherapy consisted of 5-fluorouracil 1000 mg/m2/24 h, d 1-4 two cycles and Mitomycin C either 1 x 15 mg/m2, d 1 in the first, or 2 x 10 mg/m2, d 1, in the first and fifth week of radiotherapy. Acute reactions were mild to moderate in all patients and all but one treatment could be given as scheduled (1 patient with a delay of 4 days). No excessive acute reactions were seen. Because of the short follow-up, late reactions and local control are not yet evaluable.

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