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J Clin Oncol. 2003 Jan 15;21(2):291-7.

Phase II trial of irinotecan in patients with metastatic epithelial ovarian cancer or peritoneal cancer.

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Department of Gynecologic Oncology, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77030, USA. dcbourka@mdanderson.org

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To evaluate the efficacy and toxicity of irinotecan in patients with metastatic platinum-resistant or platinum-refractory epithelial ovarian cancer or primary peritoneal cancer.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

Thirty-one patients with measurable disease were enrolled in our study at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Twenty-five of these patients were treated with irinotecan at a dose of 300 mg/m2 intravenously for 90 minutes every 3 weeks; the remaining six patients were treated with 250 mg/m2 because their age was greater than 65 years. Median age was 57 years (range, 38 to 74 years). The majority (84%) had a Zubrod performance status of 0. All patients were evaluated for irinotecan toxicity, and 29 (94%) were evaluable for response.

RESULTS:

The overall response rate was 17.2%. One patient (3%) had a complete response, four (14%) had partial responses, 14 (48%) had stable disease, and 10 had (35%) disease progression. Median progression-free survival was 2.8 months (range, 1.1 to 16 months), median duration of response was 1.4 months (range, 0.7 to 10.1 months); median survival from primary diagnosis was 24.3 months (range, 6.5 to 85.7 months); and median survival from initiation of irinotecan was 10.1 months (range, 2.3 to 34 months). Major toxicities included fatigue (16 patients), neutropenia (11 patients), diarrhea (nine patients), nausea (10 patients), and anorexia (seven patients). Eleven patients required dose reductions because of these toxicities. No treatment-related deaths occurred.

CONCLUSION:

Irinotecan has moderate efficacy and substantial toxicity in patients with metastatic platinum-resistant or platinum-refractory epithelial ovarian or primary peritoneal cancer.

PMID:
12525521
DOI:
10.1200/JCO.2003.02.091
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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