Continuous infusion paclitaxel, 5-fluorouracil, and hydroxyurea with concomitant radiotherapy in patients with advanced or recurrent head and neck cancer

Semin Oncol. 1997 Feb;24(1 Suppl 2):S2-68-S2-71.


Concomitant chemotherapy and radiation in the treatment of patients with advanced head and neck cancer is under intense investigation, although the optimal regimen remains undefined. The head and neck cancer program at the University of Chicago has reported encouraging results with concomitant 5-fluorouracil, hydroxyurea, and radiation administered every other week to patients with locally advanced or recurrent disease. The feasibility of adding continuous-infusion paclitaxel (Taxol; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Princeton, NJ) to this combination currently is being tested in a phase I trial. We present here the rationale and preliminary results of this regimen.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Clinical Trial, Phase I
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use*
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Drug Administration Schedule
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Fluorouracil / administration & dosage
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / radiotherapy
  • Humans
  • Hydroxyurea / administration & dosage
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / drug therapy*
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / radiotherapy
  • Paclitaxel / administration & dosage*
  • Remission Induction


  • Paclitaxel
  • Fluorouracil
  • Hydroxyurea