BACKGROUND: The role of salvage chemotherapy in advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is still controversial, but the recent development of a number of active antineoplastic agents has created new possibilities for disease management. The aim of this study was to evaluate the activity and safety of weekly docetaxel treatment in patients with advanced NSCLC previously treated with two chemotherapy regimens. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study involved 26 patients with histologically documented stage IIIB, IV or recurrent metastatic NSCLC previously treated with two non-taxane based-chemotherapy regimens. They all received docetaxel 25 mg/m(2)/week administered as a 1-h infusion in an outpatient setting with corticosteroid premedication. RESULTS: Fourteen of the 26 patients (54%) had distant metastases and 12 (46%) chest-localised disease. Six patients (23%; confidence interval: 9.8-44.1%) showed a partial response, 8 (31%) stable disease, and 12 (46%) progressive disease. The median time to progression was 4 months (range 2-8), and the median survival was 7+ months (range 3-13+). There were no statistically significant differences between the global quality of life scores recorded at baseline and those recorded after subsequent cycles. The treatment was very well tolerated. CONCLUSION: The results of this study suggest that weekly low-dose docetaxel is effective, well tolerated and maintains a relatively good quality of life in patients with advanced NSCLC previously exposed to two chemotherapy regimens.
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|Titolo:||Weekly low-dose docetaxel in advanced non-small cell lung cancer previously treated with two chemotherapy regimens.|
|Citazione:||Petrioli, R., Pozzessere, D., Messinese, S., Sabatino, M., Ceciarini, F., Marsili, S., et al. (2003). Weekly low-dose docetaxel in advanced non-small cell lung cancer previously treated with two chemotherapy regimens. LUNG CANCER, 39(1), 85-89.|
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