Treatment of invasive bladder cancer by cisplatin and radiation in patients unsuited for surgery

W. U. Shipley, G. R. Prout, A. B. Einstein, L. J. Coombs, Z. Wajsman, M. S. Soloway, L. Englander, B. A. Barton, M. D. Hafermann

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Seventy patients with muscle-invading bladder carcinoma (clinical states T2 to T4) who were not candidates for cystectomy were treated with combined cisplatin and full-dose external-beam radiation on a multi-institutional prospective protocol from 1980 through 1985. Thirty-six patients are alive, all but three without evidence of cancer. The complete response rate is 7% in the 62 patients completing planned irradiation and 70% for all patients. Among the complete responders, 73% are currently maintained, and this group has a significantly higher four-year survival than those not having a complete response and those with recurrence of disease - 57% vs 11%. The observed high complete response rates in patients in all stages and the high survival rates suggest irrdiation plus cisplatin therapy offers an important therapeutic gain over radiation therapy alone for invasive cancer of the bladder. These results encourage further evaluation of combining cisplatin-based, multidrug chemotherapy with irradiation in patients with locally very-advanced bladder tumors who are not suited for surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)931-935
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Medical Association
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 30 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Treatment of invasive bladder cancer by cisplatin and radiation in patients unsuited for surgery'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this