J Gynecol Oncol.  2013 Apr;24(2):108-113. 10.3802/jgo.2013.24.2.108.

Concurrent chemoradiotherapy with low-dose daily cisplatin for high risk uterine cervical cancer: a long-term follow-up study

  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kurume University School of Medicine, Kurume, Japan. kimi@med.kurume-u.ac.jp
  • 2Department of Radiology, Kurume University School of Medicine, Kurume, Japan.


To evaluate the clinical efficacy of concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT) using daily low-dose cisplatin for cervical cancer.
Fifty-one patients with locally advanced cervical cancer (FIGO stage IB2, bulky IIA, IIB-IVA) who were treated with CCRT as primary therapy at Kurume University Hospital between 2000 and 2007 were retrospectively reviewed. CCRT consisted of 5 mg/m2/day of cisplatin 5 days per week, and external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) administrated to whole pelvis to 45-50.6 Gy. High-dose-rate intracavitary brachytherapy was delivered in a single dose of 4-5 Gy at point A, once a week after 20-30 Gy of EBRT.
The median follow-up duration was 42 months (range, 5 to 116 months). The overall response rate was 94.1%. Five year overall survival rate was 71.5% and 46.2% in stage I or II, and stage III or IVA, respectively. During follow-up period, 30 recurrences (58.8%) were found, the local failure rate was 39%, and distant failure rate was 35.2%, and both (local and distant) were 15.7%. Hematological toxicities were the most frequent acute toxicities. Grade 3 and 4 neutropenia was observed in 37.3%. Late intestinal toxicities appeared in 7 cases (13.7%), which occurred between 6 and 114 months after treatment. Four cases required bowel surgery.
CCRT using daily low-dose cisplatin was tolerable and showed favorable initial response as the primary therapy for locally advanced uterine cervical cancer. But there was no remarkable long-term benefit for patients' survival or local disease control in this study. The incidence of late intestinal toxicity still requires further investigation.


Cervical cancer; Cisplatin; Concurrent chemoradiotherapy; Daily low-dose
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