The results of three controlled studies with multiple drug regimens which included DTIC are reported for advanced melanoma, soft tissue sarcomas, and Hodgkin's disease. In malignant melanoma, no statistical difference was observed between (a) DTIC, BCNU, and vincristine, and (b) DTIC, BCNU, and actinomycin D in terms of response rate, median duration of response, and survival. In sarcomas, the combination of adriamycin and DTIC produced a higher incidence of complete plus partial responders when compared to cyclophosphamide, vincristine, and methotrexate. However, no significant difference was seen in the median duration of response or survival. In Hodgkin's disease, a new four drug combination including adriamycin, bleomycin, vinblastine, and DTIC (ABVD) produced an incidence of complete remissions and a median duration of response comparable to that achieved with mechlorethamine, vincristine (Oncovin), prednisone, and procarbazine (MOPP). Preliminary data indicate that ABVD is not cross resistant to MOPP. It is concluded that DTIC can be successfully and safely employed in combination with conventional agents in susceptible neoplastic diseases.
|Title of host publication||CANCER TREAT.REP.|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 1976|
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