Regional intra-arterial infusion of adriamycin in the treatment of cancer

W. G. Kraybill, M. Harrison, T. Sasaki, W. S. Fletcher

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Forty patients with otherwise untreatable advanced carcinomas received arterial infusions of adriamycin. significant responses were seen in five of nine tumors of the bladder, two of five hypernephromas, two of two islet cell tumors, three of five sarcomas and one of two metastatic tumors of the breast. One patient with advanced transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder had no tumor at the time of a subsequent resection. There were no responses seen in two oat cell tumors metastatic to the liver, one seminoma of the retroperitoneal space metastatic to the liver, one squamous cell tumor metastatic to the liver, one squamous cell of the vulva, one carcinoma of the cervix uteri and one cloacogenic carcinoma. These responses in advanced tumors are exciting. The use of this technique to reduce tumor bulk prior to operation, irradiation, adjuvant chemotherapy and immunotherapy may allow a significant breakthrough for such tumors as sarcomas, hypernephromas and transitional cell carcinomas of the bladder. Further studies will be pursued using this concept.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)335-338
Number of pages4
JournalSurgery Gynecology and Obstetrics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1977

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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