Original Articles: PDF OnlyEnhanced effects of multiple treatment electrochemotherapyJaroszeski, M J2; Gilbert, R1; Perrott, R2; Heller, R1,2Author Information 1Department of Chemical Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33612, USA 2Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of South Florida, 12901 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33612-4799, USA Melanoma Research: December 1996 - Volume 6 - Issue 6 - p 427-433 Buy Abstract Electrochemotherapy has been demonstrated to be an effective treatment for cutaneous cancers. The treatment includes administering a chemotherapeutic agent followed by electric pulses which are applied directly to the tumour. The pulses facilitate delivery of drug through the plasma membrane. Enhanced delivery is restricted to the area that has been electrically treated. Currently, electrochemotherapy is administered as a single treatment. Complete response rates are high; however, partial responses are obtained in a fraction of the treated tumours. An issue associated with this is whether or not multiple treatments would result in an improved therapy for these partially responding tumours. A multiple treatment electrochemotherapy study was implemented in order to address this issue. The study utilized subcutaneously induced murine B16 melanoma tumours in C57B1 /6 mice. Results showed large tumour volume reductions in multiple treatment groups. In addition, a twofold increase in tumour doubling time and greater percentages of complete responses were found as a result of multiple treatment. These results will be utilized to augment existing clinical trials with respect to retreating tumours that have partially responded to a single electrochemotherapy treatment. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.