Objective: To explore the effect of treatment for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) combined with bronchial arterial infusion chemotherapy (BAIC).
Methods: Patients with moderate or advanced NSCLC were randomly divided into two groups, the 39 patients in the treated group treated with CHM plus BAIC therapy and 37 in the control group treated with BAIC alone. The short-term therapeutic effect, long-term survival rate, changes of clinical principal symptoms, quality of life and peripheral blood pictures in the two groups were observed and compared.
Results: After treatment the rate of CR + PR + NC in the treated and the control group was 92.31% and 70.27% respectively, the inter-group comparison showed a significant difference (P < 0.05). The 0.5-, 1- and 2-year survival rate in the treated group was 79.49%, 56.41% and 51.28% respectively and in the control group, 72.97%, 51.35% and 24.32% respectively. The 2-year survival rate in the former was better than that in the latter (P < 0.05). Moreover, the improvement of clinical symptoms, Karnofsky scoring, body weight and peripheral blood picture in the treated group was superior to that in the control group.
Conclusion: Therapeutic effect of BAIC could be enhanced by combining it with CHM.