Editor’s Note: This article was corrected to clarify that chemoradiotherapy can lead to long-term radiation toxicity (not fertility impairment as originally stated).

Chemotherapy alone is non-inferior to concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT) after radical hysterectomy among patients with early-stage cervical cancer with risk factors, according to a presentation at the 2018 Society of Gynecologic Oncology Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer in New Orleans.1

CCRT is commonly used as adjuvant therapy for women with early-stage cervical cancer after radical hysterectomy, though it can lead to long-term radiation toxicity.

For this study, researchers randomly assigned 324 patients with stage IB to IIA cervical cancer to receive adjuvant CCRT or chemotherapy; patients in the CCRT arm received external beam radiation therapy plus cisplatin; those in the chemotherapy arm received paclitaxel plus cisplatin.

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Progression-free survival and overall survival were similar in both treatment arms, though the hazard ratio for relapse trended in favor of patients who received adjuvant chemotherapy (hazard ratio, 0.878; 95% CI, 0.418-1.845; P = .731).

There were no significant differences in patterns of recurrence in the chemotherapy vs CCRT groups, though there was an trend towards a higher rate of distant failure among patients who received adjuvant CCRT.

The authors concluded that “adjuvant chemotherapy was not inferior to adjuvant CCRT and could be a standard treatment option for patients with FIGO stage IB–IIA cervical cancer with surgically confirmed risk factors,” and added that “subgroup analysis and treatment-related adverse events, ovarian function, and quality of life are under analysis.”

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  1. Weng D, Wang H, Zhu C, et al. Randomized trial of adjuvant chemotherapy versus concurrent chemoradiotherapy in early-stage cervical cancer after radical surgery: a Chinese Gynecologic Oncology Group study (CSEM-002). Oral presentation at: 2018 Society of Gynecologic Oncology Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer; March 24-27, 2018; New Orleans, LA.

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