In 1984 the first pilot study on neoadjuvant chemotherapy in cervical cancer was reported. Since then, many investigators have studied the possible role that this therapeutic strategy could achieve in patients. Different chemotherapic combinations are constantly being attempted in order to obtain the maximum tumour response. At the same time few randomised studies have demonstrated the superiority of this treatment when adopted before radical surgery, in terms of overall survival compared to radiotherapy alone. Recently a detailed meta-analysis has been performed and the results confirmed what previously was achieved by the randomised trials. Since the beginning of all the phase III trials, the standard treatment of locally advanced disease has been modified from radiotherapy alone to concomitant radio-chemotherapy. For this reason the EORTC group has launched a trial with the objective of comparing neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by radical surgery versus concomitant chemo-radiotherapy.
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|Titolo:||The role of neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by radical surgery in the treatment of locally advanced cervical cancer.|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2003|
|Appartiene alla tipologia:||01a Articolo in rivista|