Testicular cancer: An oncological success story

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Abstract

Testicular cancer has become a model for a curable neoplasm. Our studies with cisplatin combination chemotherapy allow us to conclude that: (a) short- duration intensive induction therapy with the most active agents in optimal dosage is more important than maintenance therapy; ((b) modest dose escalation increases toxicity without improving therapeutic efficacy; (c) it is possible to develop curative salvage therapy for refractory germ cell tumors; and (d) preclinical models predicting synergism, such as vinblastine + bleomycin or cisplatin + etoposide have clinical relevance. Finally, testicular cancer has also become a model for new drug development. Cisplatin was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for testis and ovarian cancer, and etoposide and ifosfamide were approved for refractory germ cell tumors. The success of these studies confirms the importance of the continued search for new investigational drugs in all solid tumors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2630-2632
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Cancer Research
Volume3
Issue number12 II
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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