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Role of chemotherapy in the management of vulvar carcinoma.
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PMID:  21601474     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The aim of this review is to evaluate the use of chemotherapy (CT) in the treatment of squamous vulvar cancer. Since the 90s there was a continuous evolution in the therapeutic approach to this tumour. Although primary surgery is now considered the most effective approach, there are advanced diseases in which surgery may compromise anatomical structures causing severe mutilation. These are the reasons why CHT, with or without concomitant radiotherapy RT, started to be strongly recommended as neoadjuvant strategy. Chemotherapeutic agents have also been used alone as adjuvant treatment or in association with RT, by exploiting the radiosensitizing effect of these drugs. There are few data about the use of CHT as palliative treatment but recent studies point to the use of target therapy. In conclusion, clinical data and the evidence of chemo-sensitivity in vulvar squamous cell carcinoma open new possibilities to future research in this field.
Federica Tomao; Chiara Di Tucci; Claudia Marchetti; Giorgia Perniola; Filippo Bellati; Pierluigi Benedetti Panici
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-5-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  Critical reviews in oncology/hematology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1879-0461     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-5-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8916049     Medline TA:  Crit Rev Oncol Hematol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Rome, "Sapienza", viale del Policlinico 155, Rome, Italy.
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