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Lung Cancer. 2006 Apr;52(1):89-92. Epub 2006 Feb 17.

Phase II study of irinotecan and docetaxel in patients with previously treated non-small cell lung cancer: an Alpe-Adria Thoracic Oncology Multidisciplinary group study (ATOM 007).

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Medical Oncology A, Disease Management Team--Lung Cancer, National Institute for Cancer Research, L.go R. Benzi 10, 16132 Genoa, Italy.


This study was designed to evaluate the activity and tolerability of irinotecan and docetaxel in patients with previously treated non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Eligibility included recurrent or progressive NSCLC, previous chemotherapy, age > or = 18 years, ECOG PS < or = 2. Treatment consisted of irinotecan (160 mg/m2 i.v.), followed by docetaxel (65 mg/m2 i.v.) on day 1 of a 21-day cycle, for a maximum of 6 cycles. Forty patients were enrolled. Median age was 60 years and median ECOG PS was 1. All patients were evaluable for toxicity and 31 (78%) were evaluable for response. A total of 125 cycles was administered (median, 3; range, 1-6). Most common grade 3-4 toxicities were neutropenia (62%), neutropenic fever (22%), and diarrhea (32%). Response rate was 10%; a further 40% of patients achieved stable disease. All responses were observed in patients with ECOG PS < or = 1, age <70 years, and who had received only one prior chemotherapy regimen. Median time to progression was 2.8 months and median survival was 7.4 months. Because of significant toxicity and limited activity, further investigation of irinotecan plus docetaxel in second line NSCLC is not recommended.

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