87 patients with high risk of recurrence FIGO stage I and II ovarian carcinoma were treated with adjuvant chemotherapy consisting of cisplatin 50 mg/m2 plus cyclophosphamide 600 mg/m2 on day 1 every 28 days for 6 courses. Toxicity and efficacy of the regimen was evaluated after a median follow-up of 45 months. Treatment-related toxicity was mild and reversible, consisting chiefly of acute WHO grade 2 myelosuppression (10% of patients) and controllable grade 3 emesis (55%). No late toxicity was observed. Actuarial 7-year survival and relapse-free survival (RFS) were 76% and 61%, respectively; a statistically significant difference in outcome was observed for undifferentiated grade tumour (G1 vs G2 vs. G3: P <0.01) but not for FIGO stage disease (stage I vs. stage II). In our opinion, short-term chemotherapy including the most active single agent, i.e. cisplatin, appears a tolerable and effective treatment which deserves further evaluation in large randomised trials.
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