A 44-year-old man had a tumor in the lower thoracic esophagus at a health check, and was initially diagnosed as an undifferentiated carcinoma of the esophagus by the esophago-gastric endoscope. Although curative chemoradiotherapy was scheduled after the diagnosis, the interim evaluation revealed that the tumor was malignant melanoma of the esophagus with right renal metastasis. Since then, CVD (cisplatin, vindesine and dacarbazine) therapy, palliative radiotherapy and DAC-Tam (dacarbazine, nimustine, cisplatin and tamoxifen) therapy were carried out, but all of them proved ineffective, and multiple newly metastatic lesions appeared in liver and lymph nodes. Oral intake was impossible because of progressing stricture of the esophagus. As a fourth-line therapy, weekly paclitaxel therapy was started, and his oral intake was improved after the second course. He received the therapy as an outpatient for four months. After the third course, tumor lesions were evaluated as a partial response by CT. Consequently, five courses of the therapy were performed with modest adverse effects. Weekly paclitaxel therapy was reasonably safe as reported in other reports and considered to be a promising regimen for malignant melanoma of the esophagus.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Gan to kagaku ryoho. Cancer & chemotherapy|
|Publication status||Published - 2006 Jul|
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