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Lung Cancer. 2002 Feb;35(2):209-14.

Phase II study of docetaxel and cisplatin administered as three consecutive weekly infusions for advanced non-small cell lung cancer.

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  • 1Division of Thoracic Oncology, National Cancer Center Hospital East, 6-5-1 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8577, Japan.


Weekly administration of low-dose taxane reduces myelosuppression and increases dose intensity as compared with an every third week schedule. We conducted a phase II trial of weekly docetaxel and cisplatin in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) to evaluate safety and efficacy. Thirty-seven patients with chemonaïve stage IIIB (n=15), stage IV (n=16), or recurrence after operation (n=6) NSCLC received intravenous infusions of docetaxel at 35 mg/m(2) and cisplatin at 25 mg/m(2) for three consecutive weeks, followed by a week of rest. There were ten partial responses for an objective response rate of 30% (95% confidence interval (CI), 15-46%) in 33 evaluable patients and 27% (95% CI, 13-41%) in the intent-to-treatment population. The median survival was 12.8 months (range 2.5-17.1), and the 1-year survival was 54%. Hematologic toxicities, which were mild, included grade 4 neutropenia in 6%. There were none with febrile neutropenia or severe (grade 3-4) infections, and no septic deaths. The common nonhematologic toxicities included grade 2-3 nausea and vomiting (44%) and grade 2-3 diarrhea (14%). Consecutive weekly administrations of docetaxel and cisplatin for 3 weeks produces minimal myelosuppression and shows activity in the treatment of chemonaïve patients with advanced NSCLC. A randomized phase III trial is warranted to compare this 3 consecutive weeks protocol with administration of docetaxel and cisplatin every third week.

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