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Eur J Cancer. 1995 Nov;31A(12):2105-8.

Treatment of advanced colorectal cancer with high-dose intensity folinic acid and 5-fluorouracil plus supportive care.

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Medical Oncology Division, Nuovo Policlinico Le Scotte, University of Siena, Italy.


This randomised clinical trial, involving patients with advanced colorectal cancer, was carried out to compare the effectiveness of accelerated folinic acid (FA) plus 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) with that of the conventional regimen of 5-FU alone. Both regimens were administered with simulataneous supportive care. 185 patients were eligible: 94 were randomly allocated to receive FA 200 mg/m2 i.v. plus 5-FU 400 mg/m2 i.v. on days 1-5 every 3 weeks; and 91 to receive 5-FU 400 mg/m2 i.v. on days 1-5 every 4 weeks. The response rate was 33.3% in the accelerated FA/5-FU and 18.6% in the 5-FU arm (P = 0.045). Median survival was 13.5 months in the FA/5-FU arm and 7.5 months in the 5-FU arm (P = 0.039). Toxicity was mild and slightly more pronounced in the FA/5-FU arm (P = 0.078). This study indicates that, in patients with advanced colorectal cancer, accelerated chemotherapy with FA and 5-FU and simultaneous supportive care is capable of achieving a higher response rate and longer survival than conventional 5-FU alone, without severe toxicity.

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