This retrospective study was conducted to assess the safety, efficacy, and long-term results of multi-modality therapy including radio-frequency thermal ablation (RFA) and radiotherapy as an additional cytoreductive method for eliciting the marked effects of chemotherapy in treating unresectable lung metastases from colorectal cancer. Total of 21 patients with lung metastasis from colorectal cancer were included. They were treated with modified pharmacokinetic modulating chemotherapy (PMC). Eleven were also treated with RFA and/or radiotherapy (multi-modality group), and 10 were treated with chemotherapy alone (chemotherapy group). Characteristics and survival of patients in the multimodality group were compared with those of the chemotherapy group. The median survival of all patients was 38.6 months after the initial PMC. The cumulative 3-year survival rate of patients in the multi-modality group was 87.5% compared with 33.3% in the chemotherapy group (p=0.0041). The course of multi-modality therapy was uneventful except for pneumothorax in those who received RFA. Although pneumothorax developed in 4 of 11 patients (36.4%) treated with RFA, all were able to receive chemotherapy within 2 weeks after RFA. In conclusion, multi-modality therapy combined with modified PMC, radiation and RFA is a feasible choice of treatment associated with reasonable morbidity and mortality in patients with inoperable lung metastases from colorectal cancer.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 12-2005|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cancer Research