Consolidative thoracic radiotherapy and prophylactic cranial irradiation in limited disease small cell lung cancer

B J Slotman, K H Njo, A de Jonge, O W Meyer, A B Karim

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Between 1983 and 1990, 128 patients with limited disease small cell lung cancer (SCLC) received consolidative thoracic irradiation after reaching a complete (CR) or partial response (PR) to combination chemotherapy. Patients in CR (n = 85) received 35-36 Gy in 12-14 fractions and patients in PR (n = 43) 24-30 Gy in 3-6 fractions. Until 1989, prophylactic cranial irradiation (PCI) was given to patients in CR. There was no significant difference in survival between the CR and PR group. However, patients with residual tumor detected by radiology or bronchoscopy or cyto-/histology had significantly longer survival than those with residual tumor demonstrated by more than one of the above methods of investigation. Overall, local progression was observed in 22% and distant dissemination in 63% of patients. The rate of brain metastases was significantly lower in patients treated with methotrexate and nitrosurea containing schedules and PCI, compared to those who were treated with other schedules (irrespective of PCI).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-208
Number of pages10
JournalLung Cancer
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1993


  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols/therapeutic use
  • Brain Neoplasms/mortality
  • Carboplatin/administration & dosage
  • Carcinoma, Small Cell/drug therapy
  • Chemotherapy, Adjuvant
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Cranial Irradiation
  • Cyclophosphamide/administration & dosage
  • Doxorubicin/administration & dosage
  • Epirubicin/administration & dosage
  • Etoposide/administration & dosage
  • Lomustine/administration & dosage
  • Lung Neoplasms/drug therapy
  • Methotrexate/administration & dosage
  • Remission Induction
  • Survival Analysis
  • Thorax/radiation effects
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vincristine/administration & dosage

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