Twenty-nine patients with extensive disease, small-cell carcinoma of the lung, were treated with two cycles of intensive combination chemotherapy: HexaVAC (hexamethylmelamine, vincristine, Adriamycin, cyclophosphamide). Responders received prophylactic cranial radiation (2000 rad/10 fractions) and non cross resistant chemotherapy via a schedule of alternating cycles of CMV (cyclophosphamide, methotrexate, VP-16-213) and AMV (Adriamycin, methotrexate, VP-16-213). Whenever a complete response was achieved, consolidation radiotherapy was given to the lung primary (4000 rad/20 fractions, split dose) and abdominal metastases (2000 rad/10 fractions) synchronous with CMV therapy. The complete response rate was 14% with HexaVAC, but increased to 38% during CMV/AMV. Total response rate (complete and partial) was 59% and median survival was 42 weeks. Prophylactic brain radiation prevented clinical relapse in the brain in all 14 patients who received it. However, consolidation radiotherapy failed to prevent clinical relapse in the lung and/or liver, and therapeutic brain radiation (3000 rad) failed to prevent relapse in that site. The simultaneous administration of radiotherapy and chemotherapy was well-tolerated although two patients with poor performance status died of infectious complications while leukopenic. In spite of the high response rate, durable remissions with prolonged disease free survival were rare. Further evaluation of induction, consolidation, and maintenance modes of therapy are indicated.