Administration i.p. of 10-ethyl-10-deazaaminopterin(10EDAM) with cis-diamminedichloroplatinum(II) (cis-Pt) had significant antitumor activity against the murine ovarian tumor. This tumor is a teratoma originating in the ovary with pathogenesis and metastatic properties similar to those of human ovarian cancer. Drug was given on a schedule of once every 3 days for 3 doses 1 or 2 days after i.p. implant of 107 tumor cells. Despite the 2-fold attenuation of dosage required, antitumor activity of the combination (increased life span, 161%) was approximately twice that obtained with maximum tolerated doses of either agent alone and tumor-free, long-term survivors were obtained. Incorporation of s.c. calcium leucovorin administration 16 h after each dose of 10EDAM and cis-Pt allowed a 4-fold increase in dosage of 10-EDAM without an increase in toxicity, increased median survival by an additional 120%, and quadrupled the number of tumor-free, long-term survivors to 40% of treated animals. By comparison, methotrexate was only modestly active against this tumor model either as a single agent, with cis-Pt, or with delayed s.c. calcium leucovorin administration. These results appear to suggest that 10EDAM with cis-Pt may have considerable potential for intracavitary therapy of human cancer, including ovarian carcinoma, particularly when incorporating delayed systemic calcium leucovorin administration.


Supported in part by Grants CA 08748, CA 18856, CA 22764, and CA 28783 from the National Cancer Institute and the Elsa U. Pardee Foundation.

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