Send to

Choose Destination
Eur J Cancer. 2012 Mar;48(4):579-85. doi: 10.1016/j.ejca.2011.09.027. Epub 2011 Nov 14.

A phase 2 trial of trabectedin in children with recurrent rhabdomyosarcoma, Ewing sarcoma and non-rhabdomyosarcoma soft tissue sarcomas: a report from the Children's Oncology Group.

Author information

The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada.



To determine the toxicity, efficacy and pharmacokinetics of trabectedin given over 24h every 3 weeks to children with recurrent rhabdomyosarcoma, Ewing sarcoma, or non-rhabdomyosarcoma soft tissue sarcomas.


Trabectedin was administered as a 24-h intravenous infusion every 21 days. Two dose levels were evaluated (1.3 and 1.5mg/m(2)) for safety; efficacy was then evaluated using a traditional 2-stage design (10+10) at the 1.5mg/m(2) dose level. Pharmacokinetics (day 1 and steady state) were performed during cycle 1.


Fifty patients were enrolled, eight patients at 1.3mg/m(2) and 42 at 1.5mg/m(2). Dose limiting toxicities (DLTs) in the dose finding component included fatigue and reversible GGT elevation in 1/6 evaluable patients at 1.3mg/m(2) and 0/5 at 1.5mg/m(2). Efficacy was evaluated in 42 patients enrolled at the 1.5mg/m(2) dose of whom 22% experienced reversible grade 3 or 4 toxicities that included AST, ALT, or GGT elevations, myelosuppression and deep venous thrombosis. One patient with rhabdomyosarcoma had a partial response and one patient each with rhabdomyosarcoma, spindle cell sarcoma and Ewing sarcoma had stable disease for 2, 3 and 15 cycles, respectively.


Trabectedin is safe when administered over 24h at 1.5mg/m(2). Trabectedin did not demonstrate sufficient activity as a single agent for children with relapsed paediatric sarcomas.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Elsevier Science
Loading ...
Support Center