Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology

, Volume 26, Issue 6, pp 464–466 | Cite as

Phase II trial of carboplatin and vinblastine in advanced squamous-cell carcinoma of the head and neck

  • S. EL Sayed
  • R. P. Symonds
  • A. G. Robertson
  • J. Paul
  • J. McGarva
Short Communication


A chemotherapy regimen consisting of carboplatin and vinblastine was given to 30 patients with recurrent or previously untreated, locally advanced squamous carcinoma of the head and neck region. The main aim of the study was to assess the toxicity of this regimen, the feasibility of its out-patient administration and the tumour response. A total of ten patients (33%) achieved an objective response, including two who achieved a complete response. The combination offered useful palliation for patients with recurrent disease; it was well tolerated and can be given on an out-patient basis. This regimen could be combined with other active agents such as methotrexate or bleomycin.


Carboplatin Neck Cancer Bleomycin Vinblastine Advanced Head 
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© Springer-Verlag 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. EL Sayed
    • 1
  • R. P. Symonds
    • 1
  • A. G. Robertson
    • 1
  • J. Paul
    • 1
  • J. McGarva
    • 2
  1. 1.Western InfirmaryBeatson Oncology CentreGlasgowScotland, U.K
  2. 2.The Victoria InfirmaryGlasgowScotland, U.K

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