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Am J Clin Oncol. 2006 Aug;29(4):376-9.

Paclitaxel poliglumex (PPX-Xyotax) and concurrent radiation for esophageal and gastric cancer: a phase I study.

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  • 1Brown University Oncology Group, Providence, RI, USA.



To determine the maximal tolerated dose (MTD) and dose limiting toxicities of poly(l-glutamic acid)-paclitaxel (PPX) and concurrent radiation (PPX/RT) for patients with esophageal and gastric cancer.


Patients with esophageal or gastric cancer receiving chemoradiation for loco-regional, adjuvant, or palliative intent were eligible. The initial dose of PPX was 40 mg/m2/wk, for 6 weeks with 50.4 Gy radiation. Dose levels were increased in increments of 10 mg/m2/wk of PPX.


Twenty-one patients were enrolled over 5 dose levels. Sixteen patients had esophageal cancer and 5 had gastric cancer. Twelve patients received PPX/RT as definitive loco-regional therapy, 4 patients had undergone resection and received adjuvant PPX/RT, and 5 patients had metastatic disease and received PPX/RT for palliation of dysphagia. Dose limiting toxicities of gastritis, esophagitis, neutropenia, and dehydration developed in 3 of 4 patients treated at the 80 mg/m2 dose level. Four of 12 patients (33%) with loco-regional disease had a complete clinical response.


The maximally tolerated dose of PPX with concurrent radiotherapy is 70 mg/m2/wk for patients with esophageal and gastric cancer.

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