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Oncol Lett. 2013 May;5(5):1699-1703. Epub 2013 Feb 21.

Triplet chemotherapy combination with cisplatin, gemcitabine and docetaxel in patients with chemotherapy-naive advanced non-small cell lung cancer.

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Department of Medical Oncology, Institute of Oncology, Istanbul University, Istanbul 34390, Turkey.


The synergistic effects of new generation chemotherapeutics when combined with cisplatin have encouraged the development of new triplet combination regimens in the treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of triplet chemotherapy using weekly cisplatin-gemcitabine-docetaxel (CGD) for patients with chemotherapy-naive NSCLC. Twenty-seven patients with stage IIIB/IV disease and performance status of 0 to 2 were included in this prospective trial. A combination of gemcitabine 750 mg/m2, cisplatin 25 mg/m2 and docetaxel 25 mg/m2 was administered on days 1, 8 and 15, with cycles repeated every 3 weeks. Leucopenia and/or neutropenia and to a lesser extent thrombocytopenia were the main dose-limiting toxicities. Grade III-IV neutropenia and thrombocytopenia occurred in 26 and 7% of the patients, respectively. Only one patient developed febrile neutropenia. Dose reductions were required in 26% of patients, delays in 44% of patients and early treatment discontinuation in 15% of patients. The overall response rate was 52% and all of them experienced a partial response. The median progression-free (PFS) and overall survival (OS) times were 6 and 13 months, respectively. The one-year survival rate was 46%. In conclusion, weekly administration of CGD is an active first-line therapy with acceptable toxicity in advanced NSCLC patients.


cisplatin; docetaxel; gemcitabine; non-small cell lung cancer; triplet chemotherapy; weekly

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