1Department of Medicine, Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif, France.
In order to assess the results of cisplatin-based chemotherapy after primary lymph node dissection in patients with pathological stage II nonseminomatous germ cell tumors of the testis, we retrospectively reviewed the long-term outcome of 44 patients who received adjuvant chemotherapy at Institut Gustave Roussy over a 7-year period. Two chemotherapy regimens were sequentially delivered. Twenty-three patients were treated with vinblastine, cyclophosphamide, bleomycin, actinomycin D, and cisplatin (mVAB-6, four cycles), while 21 patients received a combination of etoposide and cisplatin (EP, four cycles). After a median follow-up of 6 years, all patients remain free from progression. The long-term toxicity included retrograde ejaculation in eight patients and severe ototoxicity in two patients. We conclude that four cycles of cisplatin-based chemotherapy for pathological stage II testicular cancer resulted in a 100% cure rate with minimal toxicity.