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Title: Docetaxel combined with irinotecan or 5-fluorouracil in patients with advanced oesophago-gastric cancer: a randomised phase II study
Authors: Roy, A ×
Cunningham, D
Hawkins, R
Sörbye, H
Adenis, A
Barcelo, J-R
Lopez-Vivanco, G
Adler, G
Canon, J-L
Lofts, F
Castanon, C
Fonseca, E
Rixe, O
Aparicio, J
Cassinello, J
Nicolson, M
Mousseau, M
Schalhorn, A
D'Hondt, L
Kerger, J
Hossfeld, D K
Garcia Giron, C
Debal, Rodriguez
Schöffski, Patrick
Misset, J-L #
Issue Date: Jul-2012
Publisher: Harcourt Publishers
Series Title: British Journal of Cancer vol:107 issue:3 pages:435-441
Article number: 10.1038/bjc.2012.286
Abstract: Background:Docetaxel and irinotecan chemotherapy have shown good efficacy in the treatment of advanced oesophago-gastric cancer. This randomised phase II study evaluated the efficacy and toxicity profile of two non-platinum docetaxel-based doublet regimens in advanced oesophago-gastric cancer.Methods:Chemotherapy-naïve patients with advanced oesophago-gastric cancer were randomised to receive either 3-weekly DI (docetaxel 60 mg m(-2) plus irinotecan 250 mg m(-2) (Day 1)) or 3-weekly DF (docetaxel 85 mg m(-2) (Day 1) followed by 5-fluorouracil 750 mg m(-2) per day as a continuous infusion (Days 1-5)).Results:A total of 85 patients received DI (n=42) or DF (n=43). The primary endpoint was overall response rate (ORR). The ORR and time to progression (TTP) in the evaluable population (n=65) were 37.5% (DI) vs 33.3% (DF), and 4.2 months vs 4.4 months, respectively. In the intent-to-treat population, the observed ORR, TTP and median overall survival were similar between the two groups. Grade 3-4 neutropenia, febrile neutropenia and diarrhoea were more frequent in the DI arm as compared with the DF arm (83.3% vs 69.8%, 40.5% vs 18.6%, and 42.9% vs 16.3%, respectively).Conclusion:Both docetaxel-based doublet regimens show comparable efficacy; however, the DF regimen was associated with a better toxicity profile and is an alternative treatment option for patients in whom platinum-based regimens are unsuitable.
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ISSN: 0007-0920
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
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