This study reports the results of a phase II trial of carboplatin 100 mg/m2 combined with etoposide 120 mg/m2 each given for 3 consecutive days every 28 days in women with recurrent or metastatic carcinoma of the cervix. Seventeen eligible patients were treated between August, 1990 and May, 1993. In the 16 evaluable patients, there were 2 complete responses, and no partial responses with an overall objective response rate of 12.5% (95% confidence interval 1.6%-38%). The main toxicities of this regimen related to myelosuppression and emesis. The combination of carboplatin and etoposide did not achieve either a better response rate or a substantially improved toxicity profile than is seen with single agent cisplatin.