Adenoid cystic carcinoma of the salivary gland. Sustained complete response to chemotherapy

Cancer. 1983 Feb 15;51(4):589-90. doi: 10.1002/1097-0142(19830215)51:4<589::aid-cncr2820510405>;2-q.


A patient developed widely metastatic adenoid cystic carcinoma of the parotid gland after several local recurrences. A complete regression of pleural, pulmonary parenchymal, cutaneous, and bone metastases was seen following therapy with 5-fluorouracil, Adriamycin, and mitomycin C. This is the second complete response to chemotherapy reported for a patient with metastatic adenoid cystic carcinoma of salivary gland origin. Both complete responses and several partial responses have followed treatment with Adriamycin, suggesting that this drug is active in the disease.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols*
  • Carcinoma, Adenoid Cystic / drug therapy*
  • Doxorubicin / administration & dosage*
  • Drug Therapy, Combination
  • Female
  • Fluorouracil / administration & dosage*
  • Humans
  • Mitomycin
  • Mitomycins / administration & dosage*
  • Neoplasm Metastasis
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / drug therapy*
  • Parotid Neoplasms / drug therapy*


  • Mitomycins
  • Mitomycin
  • Doxorubicin
  • Fluorouracil

Supplementary concepts

  • FAM protocol