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Complete remission of uterine endometrial cancer with multiple lung metastases treated by paclitaxel and carboplatin

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 Endometrial cancer is believed to have a better prognosis than cervical cancer. However, this is not necessarily true for cases beyond International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) stage III, and advanced endometrial cancer with distant metastases in particular has a poor prognosis. Moreover, there is no established therapy for advanced endometrial cancer. Recently, we treated two patients with endometrial cancer with multiple lung metastases (FIGO stage IVb). Both patients had massive uncontrollable genital bleeding and eventually progressed to anemia. The imminent severe bleeding was considered to be a major reason for exacerbation of their general condition. Therefore, hysterectomy was performed as a countermeasure to improve their general condition. In their postoperative course, the two patients successfully underwent T-J chemotherapy [paclitaxel: 210 m/m2 over 3 h; carboplatin: area under the curve (AUC) 5]. Six courses of the regimen were given every 3–4 weeks. Multiple lung shadows in chest X-P and computed tomography (CT) were reduced in number and size after two courses of T-J chemotherapy. The multiple lung metastases either disappeared or just remained as scars after six courses. There has been no evidence of recurrence for 28 months in one patient and 7 months in the other patient.

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Received: August 8, 2001 / Accepted: March 15, 2002

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Niwa, K., Kometani, K., Sekiya, T. et al. Complete remission of uterine endometrial cancer with multiple lung metastases treated by paclitaxel and carboplatin. Int J Clin Oncol 7, 197–200 (2002).

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