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Lung Cancer. 1996 Jun;14(2-3):353-60.

Multicenter Phase II trial of intermediate dose cisplatin and vinorelbine in inoperable non-small cell lung cancer patients.

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Oncologia Medica, Ospedale San Giovanni Antica Sede, Turin, Italy.


Vinorelbine (VNB) and cisplatin (CDDP) combination regimen was found active in the treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients, but significant toxicity was observed. We evaluated the activity and toxicity of this combination administered at lower doses than previously reported. From March 1992 to March 1994, 99 patients (pts) were enrolled in a multicentric Phase II study and received intravenous CDDP at 80 mg/m2 on day 1, associated with intravenous VNB at 25 mg/m2 on days 1 and 8. Cycles were repeated every 3 weeks. The reduced doses led to a consistently lower myelotoxicity (8% Grade III-IV leukopenia) in comparison to two related Phase III studies, recently published. Conversely, the incidence of neurological toxicity was superimposable. Considering all eligible patients, the overall response rate was 28.3%, and this is similar to the results commonly observed employing the most active CDDP containing regimens. In conclusion, CDDP and VNB combination chemotherapy at the schedule performed in the present study led to a reduction of hematologic toxicity, while an appreciable activity was maintained.

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