The tolerability and efficacy of the continuous infusion of cisplatin during radiotherapy was studied by tumour response, survival and pelvic control, in carcinoma of the cervix. 44 patients with stage IIB-IIIB cervical carcinoma were prospectively randomized into two groups: radiation alone (control group) versus radiation plus cisplatin (study group). While there was no significant difference in diarrhoea and urinary complication scores, emesis and appetite changes were significantly greater in the study group. Tumour responses were no different at the end of the treatment and 3 months after completion of treatment. After 40 months median follow-up, 40/44 patients were assessed (one had a second primary tumour and three were lost to follow-up). Persistent disease was found in 3 patients: one in the study arm and two in the control arm. Recurrence was seen in 10 patients in the first 2 years. 5-year pelvic control rates were; 69.41/0 and 63.91/0 (p = 0.7), survival rates were 52.0% and 48.9% (p = 0.7) and disease-free survival rates were 67.5% and 58.7% (p = 0.3) for the control and the study groups, respectively. Although the continuous infusion of cisplatin during radiotherapy was well tolerated, this additional treatment did not appear to show an improvement in pelvic control, survival, or disease-free survival.