Advanced extragonadal germ-cell tumors. Successful treatment with combination chemotherapy

J. D. Hainsworth, L. H. Einhorn, S. D. Williams, M. Stewart, F. A. Greco

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Thirty-two patients with primary extragonadal germ-cell tumors were treated at Vanderbilt and Indiana University Hospitals during the period from 1976 to 1981. Thirty-one patients had far-advanced disease when treatment was begun. All patients received intensive cisplatin-containing combination chemotherapy regimens. Tumors remaining after chemotherapy were surgically removed when feasible. Of the 31 evaluable patients, 18 have been continuously disease-free after therapy, 21 patients had a complete remission; the remaining 10 had partial response. Eighty-nine percent of patients with complete remission remain free of disease after median follow-up of 30 months. No relapses occurred after 12 months of complete remission. Patients with partial response had a median survival of 9 months with no long-term survivors. Response rates and survival are similar to patients with advanced-stage testicular germ-cell tumors. Extragonadal germ-cell tumors are as curable as testicular germ-cell tumors when treated with intensive cisplatin-containing combination chemotherapy regimens, and surgical resection when necessary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-11
Number of pages5
JournalUnknown Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982
Externally publishedYes

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  • Internal Medicine

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