[The fourth report from Sapporo Tsukisamu Hospital - chemotherapy and its regimen as second choice for patients with early gastric cancer].
ABSTRACT Surgical treatments for early gastric cancer, such as endoscopic procedures, are currently performed as standard therapy. However, when surgery is not possible due to physical or mental conditions, effective chemotherapy with minimum side effects is a second choice, although a suitable regimen has yet to be recommended. We thus retrospectively evaluated the Int FP regimen for 10 early gastric cancer patients. The results show an efficacy ratio of 100% (CR 8 cases, PR 2 cases). The two PR cases subsequently underwent surgical treatment. The 1-, 3-, and 5-year survival rates of all cases were 100%, 90% and 60%, respectively. The 1-, 3-, and 5-year survival rates of patients with chemotherapy alone were 100%, 87.5% and 50%, respectively, although none of the patients died of cancer (5-year survival rate of 100%). One out of the 8 CR cases relapsed 7 months after achieving CR. This patient then received chemotherapy with the same regimen, achieving a second CR and survived for 66 months without disease. All cases developed hematological toxicities, although they were all under grade 2 except for 2 cases which were grade 3 (decrease of WBC or Hb). Non-hematological toxicities were seen in 7 cases, all under grade 2. These results, although from a limited number of subjects, indicated that the IntFP regimen is safe and may contribute to achieving pathological CR and long-term survival of patients with early gastric cancer.