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Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2012 Jan 1;82(1):124-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2010.08.005. Epub 2010 Oct 13.

Neoadjuvant bevacizumab, oxaliplatin, 5-fluorouracil, and radiation for rectal cancer.

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Brown University Oncology Group, Providence, RI 02906, USA.



To evaluate the feasibility and pathologic complete response rate of induction bevacizumab + modified infusional fluorouracil, leucovorin, and oxaliplatin (FOLFOX) 6 regimen followed by concurrent bevacizumab, oxaliplatin, continuous infusion 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), and radiation for patients with rectal cancer.


Eligible patients received 1 month of induction bevacizumab and mFOLFOX6. Patients then received 50.4 Gy of radiation and concurrent bevacizumab (5 mg/kg on Days 1, 15, and 29), oxaliplatin (50 mg/m(2)/week for 6 weeks), and continuous infusion 5-FU (200 mg/m(2)/day). Because of gastrointestinal toxicity, the oxaliplatin dose was reduced to 40 mg/m(2)/week. Resection was performed 4-8 weeks after the completion of chemoradiation.


The trial was terminated early because of toxicity after 26 eligible patients were treated. Only 1 patient had significant toxicity (arrhythmia) during induction treatment and was removed from the study. During chemoradiation, Grade 3/4 toxicity was experienced by 19 of 25 patients (76%). The most common Grade 3/4 toxicities were diarrhea, neutropenia, and pain. Five of 25 patients (20%) had a complete pathologic response. Nine of 25 patients (36%) developed postoperative complications including infection (n = 4), delayed healing (n = 3), leak/abscess (n = 2), sterile fluid collection (n = 2), ischemic colonic reservoir (n = 1), and fistula (n = 1).


Concurrent oxaliplatin, bevacizumab, continuous infusion 5-FU, and radiation causes significant gastrointestinal toxicity. The pathologic complete response rate of this regimen was similar to other fluorouracil chemoradiation regimens. The high incidence of postoperative wound complications is concerning and consistent with other reports utilizing bevacizumab with chemoradiation before major surgical resections.

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