Two combination chemotherapy regimens for disseminated testicular cancer are described. The present regimen of platinum vinblastine and bleomycin has been highly successful, producing 16 complete (80 per cent) and 4 partial (20 per cent) remissions. Furthermore, 2 patients have been rendered free of disease by the surgical removal of residual disease, making the effective complete remission rate in these 20 patients 90 per cent. Of these patients 16 are alive and 14 are free of disease for more than 8 to more than 20 months. Destpite the significant toxicity during the first 12 weeks of this therapeutic regimen it usually was manageable and maintenance therapy produced minimal toxicity. We believe that this regimen is a major advance in the management of patients with disseminated testicular cancer.
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