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Cisplatin concurrent chemoradiotherapy vs adjuvant radiation in stage IB/IIA cervical cancer with intermediate risk factors, treated with radical surgery: a retrospective study

Authors Sun H, Tang Q, Chen J, Lv X, Tu Y, Yan D

Received 27 November 2017

Accepted for publication 16 January 2018

Published 6 March 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 1149—1155


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Ingrid Espinoza

Hai-Yan Sun, Qiu Tang, Jian-Hong Chen, Xiao-Juan Lv, Ye-Qiang Tu, Ding-Ding Yan

Department of Gynecologic Oncology, Zhejiang Cancer Hospital, Hangzhou, China

Purpose: To determine if postoperative cisplatin concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT) improves the outcome in stage IA/IIB cervical cancer patients with intermediate risk factors, when compared with radiation therapy (RT) alone, and identify the potential eligible populations for this treatment.
Patients and methods: We reviewed medical records of 1,240 patients with stage IA/IIB cervical cancer who underwent radical hysterectomy and pelvic lymphadenectomy in our hospital between January 2008 and December 2011. Of the 1,240 patients, 436 displayed 1 or more intermediate risk factors. Of these, we screened 306 patients who underwent RT only or CCRT. We analyzed the effects of CCRT on survival and prognosis.
Results: The 5-year progress-free survival (PFS) in the CCRT group was superior to that in the RT-only group (96.0% vs 89.0%, respectively; P=0.031). The 5-year overall survivals (OSs) were not different between the 2 groups (P=0.141). Compared with RT-only group, CCRT did not improve PFS or OS in patients with 1 risk factor, large tumor size, or deep stromal invasion (P>0.05). Compared with RT-only group, CCRT improved PFS (97.9% vs 82.8%; P=0.017) but did not increase OS (97.9% vs 89.7%; P=0.109) in patients with lymphovascular space invasion plus deep stromal invasion/large tumor size. OS (92.3% vs 70.6%; P=0.048) and PFS (92.3% vs 64.7%; P=0.020) in the CCRT group were superior to those in the RT-only group with 3 risk factors. Compared with RT-only group, CCRT was an independent prognostic factor for favorable PFS (hazard ratio [HR] =0.238; 95% CI =0.0827–0.697, P=0.009) and OS (HR =0.192; 95% CI =0.069–0.533, P=0.002).
Conclusion: Postoperative CCRT improved survival in stage IA/IIB cervical cancer patients with intermediate risk factors. Patients with 2 or more intermediate risk factors, including lymphovascular space invasion, may benefit from CCRT.

Keywords: cervical cancer, concurrent chemoradiotherapy, intermediate risk factors

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