The role of chemoradiotherapy in maintaining quality of life for advanced esophageal cancer.
Tan R. Young A.
Department of Radiation Oncology, Minsheng General Hospital, Taiwan.
From May 1996 to July 1996, three male patients with advanced esophageal cancer with complete obstruction were treated with concurrent chemoradiotherapy. The first two courses of chemotherapy using 5-Fluorouracil (500 mg/m2) and Leucovorin (200 mg/m2) on day one through day five were given concurrently with radiotherapy. After completion of radiotherapy, four more courses of chemotherapy using the same regimen were given every four weeks. The total dose of irradiation using six MV linear accelerator given to the primary tumor was 5,000 cGy in 28 fractions. All three patients had relief of their obstruction with complete regression of the tumor after the completion of their treatment. All patients improved clinically and were able to remain symptom-free until the time of their death. The first patient survived for 12 months and died of respiratory failure because of his chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The second patient also survived 12 months but died of liver metastasis. The third patient lived for 10 months and died of aspiration pneumonia.