Medline ® Abstract for Reference 18
of 'Treatment of malignant germ cell tumors of the ovary'
Vinblastine, bleomycin, and cisplatin in malignant germ cell tumors of the ovary.
Taylor MH, Depetrillo AD, Turner AR
Fourteen patients with malignant ovarian germ cell tumors were treated with vinblastine, bleomycin, and cisplatin. A complete clinical response was achieved in all 14 patients; however, 1 patient had small macroscopic disease present at second-look laparotomy. One patient died of bleomycin pulmonary toxicity. The remaining 13 patients are alive and free of disease from 20 months to 8 years and 8 months after initial diagnosis. Serum alpha-fetoprotein and beta-human chorionic gonadotropin levels were monitored in all patients and were found to be reliable indicators of response to treatment and disease status. The uninvolved ovary was preserved in seven patients without compromising the response to treatment, and one patient subsequently became pregnant. Vinblastine, bleomycin, and cisplatin chemotherapy appears to be a safe, effective combination and is recommended as the primary treatment of choice in the management of patients with malignant ovarian germ cell tumors.