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J Clin Oncol. 2001 Oct 15;19(20):4048-53.

Paclitaxel and carboplatin, alone or with irradiation, in advanced or recurrent endometrial cancer: a phase II study.

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  • 1Gynecologic Tumor Group and Cancer Control Research, British Columbia Cancer Agency, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.



To evaluate the efficacy of carboplatin plus paclitaxel in primarily advanced or recurrent endometrial cancers.


Four distinct patient groups received carboplatin (area under the curve, 5 to 7) plus paclitaxel 175 mg/m(2) for 3 hours at 4-week intervals: group 1 (n = 21), patients with primarily advanced, nonpapillary serous cancers; group 2 (n = 20), the same as group 1 but with papillary serous cancers; group 3 (n = 18), recurrent, nonpapillary serous cancers; and group 4 (n = 4), recurrent, papillary serous cancers. Involved-field irradiation was used in groups 1 and 2 for those with radioencompassable disease.


Sixty-three patients were treated. Response rates to chemotherapy in the assessable patients in the four groups were 78% (95% confidence interval [CI], 51% to 100%); 60% (95% CI, 35% to 85%), 56% (95% CI, 34% to 78%), and 50%, respectively. Nineteen patients (90%) in group 1 also were irradiated, and the median failure-free survival time for all 21 patients was 23 months, with a 62% 3-year overall survival rate. Eleven patients (55%) in group 2 were irradiated, and the median failure-free survival time for all 18 patients was 18 months, with a 39% 3-year overall survival rate. The median failure-free interval in the patients in group 3 was 6 months, with a 15-month median overall survival time. Toxicity was manageable, reversible, and predominantly hematologic. Two patients developed neutropenic fever, and three patients, including these two, were hospitalized for complications.


Carboplatin-paclitaxel is an efficacious, low-toxicity regimen for managing primarily advanced or recurrent endometrial cancers.

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