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Urology. 1998 Jul;52(1):56-60.

Treatment of patients with metastatic urothelial carcinoma and impaired renal function with single-agent docetaxel.

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Department of Clinical Therapeutics, University of Athens School of Medicine, Greece.



To evaluate the efficacy and toxicity of single-agent docetaxel in patients with metastatic urothelial carcinoma and impaired renal function.


Eleven consecutive patients previously untreated for metastatic disease with renal impairment (median serum creatinine level of 2.6 mg/dL) were treated with intravenous docetaxel 100 mg/m2 for 1 hour every 21 days. Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor was administered at a dose of 5 microg/kg/day subcutaneously from days 5 to 14.


Five of 11 patients achieved a partial response, with time to progression of responding patients ranging from 5 to 22 months or more. The median overall survival rate was 11 months. Renal function improved in 5 of 8 patients with tumor-related renal impairment. Toxicity was primarily hematologic, with 5 patients developing grade 3 or 4 neutropenia; nonhematologic toxicities were manageable.


Our preliminary data indicate that single-agent docetaxel therapy may represent an effective therapeutic alternative for patients with advanced urothelial carcinoma and renal insufficiency precluding cisplatin-based combination chemotherapy.

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