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Gynecol Oncol. 2004 Feb;92(2):635-8.

Phase II study of topotecan and paclitaxel for recurrent, persistent, or metastatic cervical carcinoma.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY 10032, USA. tiersten@canceercenter.columbia.esu



This trial investigated the safety and efficacy of paclitaxel and topotecan combination chemotherapy for patients with advanced cervical cancer (ACC).


Patients with recurrent, persistent, or metastatic ACC and an ECOG performance status < or =2 were treated with 175 mg/m(2) paclitaxel on Day 1 and 1 mg/m(2) topotecan on Days 1-5 of a 21-day cycle with G-CSF support and the standard pretreatment regimen for paclitaxel. Patients were treated until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.


Fifteen patients were enrolled, and 86 cycles of therapy (median, 5; range, 1-14) were administered. Grade 3/4 toxicities included anemia (47%), leukopenia (27%), neurotoxicity (13%), thrombocytopenia (13%), and diarrhea (13%). Among 13 evaluable patients, 7 (54%) responded (1 complete and 6 partial; 95% confidence interval = 29.2%, 76.8%). Three (23%) patients experienced stable disease. Progression-free and overall survival were 3.77 and 8.62 months, respectively.


The combination of paclitaxel/topotecan was generally well tolerated and active in the relapsed, recurrent, or metastatic ACC setting, with response rates comparable with those of other current ACC systemic therapies.

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