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Cancer Chemother Pharmacol. 2006 Sep;58(3):361-7. Epub 2005 Dec 6.

The combination of cisplatin and vinorelbine with concurrent thoracic radiation therapy for locally advanced stage IIIA or IIIB non-small-cell lung cancer.

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  • 1The First Department of Internal Medicine, Showa University School of Medicine, Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan.



The aims of this study were to assess the efficacy and toxicity of concurrent chemoradiotherapy with divided schedule of cisplatin and vinorelbine in patients with locally advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC).


Patients with previously untreated, unresectable, and stage IIIA or IIIB NSCLC were eligible if they had a performance status of 0 or 1, were 75 years or younger, and had adequate organ function. Twenty-six patients (24 men and 2 women; median age, 66 years; age range, 42-75 years) were enrolled. Both cisplatin (40 mg/m(2)) and vinorelbine (20 mg/m(2)) were given on days 1 and 8 every 3 weeks. Beginning on day 2 of chemotherapy, thoracic radiotherapy was given for approximately 6 weeks (2 Gy per fraction; total dose, 60 Gy).


Five of the 26 patients achieved a complete response, and 16 achieved a partial response for an overall response rate of 80.8% (95% confidence interval, 60.6-93.4%). The median survival time was 23 months (range, 4-43 months). Overall survival rates at 1 and 2 years were 80 and 56%, respectively. Hematologic toxicities included grade 3-4 neutropenia in 84.6% of patients, grade 3-4 thrombocytopenia in 3.8%, and grade 3-4 anemia in 61.5%. Two patients (7.7%) had grade 3 radiation esophagitis that resolved completely without dilation. Grade 3-4 radiation pneumonitis occurred in two patients (7.7%) and was treated with corticosteroids. Both patients had a good partial resolution of symptoms and radiographic abnormalities. There were no treatment-related deaths. The actual delivered dose intensities for both cisplatin and vinorelbine were 79.5%. Radiotherapy was completed in 96% of patients.


Concurrent chemoradiotherapy with cisplatin and vinorelbine administered on a divided schedule is effective and well tolerated in patients with locally advanced NSCLC.

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