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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 453-457

Carboplatin-based concurrent chemoradiation therapy in locally advanced head and neck cancer patients who are unfit for cisplatin therapy

1 Department of Medical Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Dr E Borges Marg, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Hematology, Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Department of Radiation Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Dr E Borges Marg, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. K Prabhash
Department of Medical Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Dr E Borges Marg, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/ijc.IJC_320_17

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BACKGROUND: Cisplatin-based chemoradiation (CTRT) is the standard of care in locally advanced head and neck cancers. Limited treatment options are available in patients unfit for cisplatin. AIMS: This audit was carried out to study the toxicities, tolerance, and outcomes of carboplatin-based CTRT in patients who are not eligible for cisplatin. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 63 locally advanced head and neck cancer patients treated between January 2011 and October 2015 were administered carboplatin-based CTRT. The dose of carboplatin was equivalent to area under the curve equivalent to 2 administered once a week for a maximum of 7 cycles. Toxicity was coded as per the CTCAE version 4.03. SPSS software version 16 was used for statistical analysis. STATISTICAL ANALYSIS: Descriptive statistics was performed. Progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) were estimated by Kaplan–Meier survival analysis. Cox proportional hazard model was used for identifying factors affecting PFS and OS. RESULTS: The reasons for patients being unfit for cisplatin were low serum creatinine clearance in 41 (65.07%), sensorineural hearing loss in 18 (28.57%), uncontrolled medical comorbidities in 3 (4.76%), and old age in 1 patient (1.6%). 53 patients (84.1%) completed planned radiotherapy. The median number of chemotherapy cycles administered was 6. Grade 3–4 toxicities were seen in 32 patients (50.8%). The median OS and PFS were 28 months (95% confidence interval [CI]: 20.9–34.6 months) and 17 months (95% CI: 08.2–25.7 months), respectively. Age was the only factor significantly affecting OS and PFS. CONCLUSION: Carboplatin-based CTRT is well tolerated in patients unfit for cisplatin and seems to have superior outcomes than those reported in radical radiotherapy studies.


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