- Sixty patients presenting with poor prognosis squamous cell cancer of the cervix have been studied in a phase II clinical trial. Patients were treated with radiotherapy and concurrent cisplatin chemotherapy every 10 days. Treatment was well tolerated with all patients completing radiotherapy as prescribed. There was one case of grade 4 acute bowel toxicity. Significant late morbidity was acceptable for this group of patients being restricted to two cases (3.3%) of grade 4 toxicity to the bowel. Pelvic control rates of 78% have been observed. There have been no pelvic recurrences after 26 months, although recurrences beyond the pelvis have occurred up to 4 years later. Actuarial 4-year survival is encouraging at 60%.