J Cancer 2018; 9(20):3676-3682. doi:10.7150/jca.27198 This issue
1. Department of Radiation Oncology, Zhejiang Cancer Hospital, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310022, China
2. Key Laboratory of Radiation Oncology in Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310022, China
3. Key Laboratory of Head & Neck Cancer Translational Research of Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310022, China
* These authors contributed equally to this work
The present study aimed to evaluate the efficacy, toxicity and long-term outcome of nedaplatin or cisplatin combined with 5-fluorouracil neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NF or PF regimen) followed by concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT) for treatment of locally advanced nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). In this study, a total of 186 patients with locally advanced NPC between January 2009 and November 2011 in our center were retrospectively analyzed. 103 cases were received NF neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by nedaplatin concurrent intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), and 83 cases were received PF neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by cisplatin concurrent IMRT. Overall survival (OS), progression-free survival (PFS), local relapse-free survival (LRFS), regional relapse-free survival (RRFS) and distant metastasis-free survival (DMFS), as well as acute toxicities were monitored. Results showed that there were no significant differences in 5-year OS, PFS, LRFS, RRFS and DMFS between NF and PF groups. NF group had a higher incidence of grade 3-4 neutropenia (46.6% vs. 31.3%, P=0.035) and thrombocytopenia (17.5% vs. 7.3%, P=0.042) compared with PF group. However, NF group was less common to suffer from grade 3-4 nausea (1.9% vs. 24.1%, P<0.001), vomiting (0% vs. 13.3%, P<0.001) and weight loss (0% vs. 4.8%, P=0.025). In multivariate analysis, N stage was an independent factor for OS, PFS, RRFS and DMFS. In conclusion, neoadjuvant chemotherapy with fluorouracil plus nedaplatin followed by nedaplatin concurrent with IMRT exhibited similar efficacy but more tolerable toxicity than cisplatin setting, which might be an effective and safe choice for treatment of locally advanced NPC.
Keywords: nasopharyngeal carcinoma, nedaplatin, neoadjuvant chemotherapy, concurrent chemoradiotherapy