A prospective study of cisplatin-based combination chemotherapy in advanced germ cell malignancy: role of maintenance and long-term follow-up.
JA Levi, D Thomson, T Sandeman, M Tattersall, D Raghavan, M Byrne, G Gill, V Harvey, I Burns, R Snyder
J Clin Oncol | Published : 1988
Two hundred fifty-three patients with advanced germ cell malignancy received initial chemotherapy with cisplatin, vinblastine, and bleomycin followed by surgical resection of residual masses if possible. Patients achieving complete remission (CR) were prospectively randomized to receive 6 months maintenance therapy with vinblastine or no further treatment. CR was achieved in 183 patients (72%) and a further eight patients (4%) had complete resection of residual viable malignancy (no evidence of disease [NED]). Pretreatment factors having a significant adverse influence on response by univariate analysis included extragonadal origin of the tumor, poor performance status, advanced lung or lung..View full abstract