Irradiation with or without misonidazole for patients with stages IIIB and IVA carcinoma of the cervix: Final results of RTOG 80-05

Perry W. Grigsby, Kathryn Winter, Todd H. Wasserman, Victor Marcial, Marvin Rotman, Jay Cooper, Henry Keys, Sucha O. Asbell, Theodore L. Phillips

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate tumor response, progression-free survival, local tumor control, patterns of relapse, and toxicity in patients with Stages IIIb and IVa squamous cell carcinoma of the uterine cervix treated with irradiation or irradiation and misonidazole. This is a report of the final results of the study. Methods: This study was a prospective randomized Phase III trial performed by the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG). Between August 1980 and November 1984, 120 patients with Stages IIIb and IVa squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix were randomized to receive either standard irradiation or standard irradiation and misonidazole. Irradiation consisted of 46 Gy to the pelvis plus 10 Gy parametrial boost followed by intracavitary brachytherapy or external irradiation boost to the primary tumor. Misonidazole was administered at 400 mg/m2 daily, 2-4 h before irradiation. Patients in the 2 treatment groups were evenly distributed by stage, Karnofsky Performance Status, and positive para-aortic lymph nodes. Results: Sixty-one patients were treated with irradiation alone, and 59 patients received irradiation and misonidazole. Complete response in the pelvis occurred in 44 (75%) of those treated with irradiation and in 38 (64%) of those treated with irradiation and misonidazole. The progression-free survivals were 22% at 5 years for the control group, and 29% at 5 years for the misonidazole group. At the time of last follow-up, 18 patients in the control arm were free of disease, and in the experimental arm, 19 were free of disease. The patterns of failure for those treated with irradiation alone were local-only in 9 patients, distant- only in 8 patients, and local and distant in 11 patients. The patterns of failure for those receiving irradiation and misonidazole were local-only in 3 patients, distant-only in 8 patients, and local and distant in 8 patients. The maximum toxicity experienced per patient was grade 3 in 18%, grade 4 in 8%, and no grade 5 toxicity for those treated with irradiation alone compared to 8%, 2%, and 2%, respectively, for the experimental arm. Conclusion: There were no statistically significant differences in pelvic response, disease- free survivals, patterns of failure, or toxicity for the irradiation alone group or for the irradiation and misonidazole group as administered in this study for patients with Stages IIIb and IVa squamous cell carcinoma of the uterine cervix.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)513-517
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics
Volume44
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 1999

Keywords

  • Cervix
  • Misonidazole
  • RTOG
  • Radiation
  • Sensitizer

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