PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To discuss the usefulness of chemotherapy in high-risk early-stage endometrial cancer and the best chemotherapy regimen. RECENT FINDINGS: External radiation therapy has been successfully used to prevent local recurrence; however, it does not improve the overall survival and it increases the incidence of late toxicity. A recent randomized study revealed that adjuvant platinum-based combination chemotherapy might be a suitable alternative to radiotherapy for high-risk early-stage endometrial cancer. The optimal regimen is still in question because combinations of doxorubicin-cisplatin and paclitaxel-doxorubicin-cisplatin cause significant toxicity. The combination of paclitaxel-carboplatin may be better than doxorubicin-cisplatin with regard to toxicities. SUMMARY: Radiation treatment following surgery has been the standard adjuvant therapy for endometrial cancer for a long time. Radiotherapy decreases the local recurrence rates; however, a significant impact on the overall survival has not been demonstrated. The usefulness of adjuvant chemotherapy has been demonstrated by only a little evidence. Nonetheless, we are encouraged by a recent randomized study. In light of the excellent outcomes associated with early-stage endometrial cancer, it is important to conduct another large randomized trial based on standardization of high-risk criteria to evaluate the efficacy of adjuvant chemotherapy.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2007|
- Early stage
- Endometrial cancer
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology