We analyzed treatment outcomes for nasopharyngeal carcinoma in a single institute. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From 1992 to 2002, 82 patients with nasopharyngeal cancer were treated. Kaplan-Meier estimates of overall and disease-free survival were calculated. The log-rank test was used to determine significant prognostic determinants of overall and disease-free survival. RESULTS: Patients received one of three regimens: radiotherapy alone (n = 19), radiotherapy with concurrent carboplatin (n = 46), or radiotherapy with concurrent cisplatin (n = 17). Fifty-seven percent of patients had their radiotherapy planned using fluoroscopy-based methods. Overall, 93.9% of patients received all prescribed radiotherapy. Response rate to treatment was 98.7%. Three-year disease-free survival and overall survival rates for all patients were 69.0% and 65%, respectively. Five patients had late grade 3-4 toxicities. There were no treatment-related deaths. Twenty-four percent of patients were hospitalized during treatment, and 72.6% lost ≤ 9.9% of pretreatment weight. Forty-two percent of failures were local and 27.3% were distant. Ninety percent of deaths were nasopharyngeal carcinoma-related. Disease stage was the only significant predictor of overall survival. DISCUSSION: At our center, treatments given for nasopharyngeal carcinoma from 1992 to 2002 had acceptable toxicity rates. Further follow-up of patients treated with modern radiotherapy planning methods and chemotherapy regimens is needed to compare our institutional results with other published outcomes with more validity.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - Mar 1 2006|
- Nasopharyngeal cancer
- Treatment outcomes
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research