Metronomic chemotherapy as a palliative treatment in poor performance status patients with advanced epithelial ovarian carcinoma
ABSTRACT ObjectiveThe aim of our study was to evaluate the clinical efficacy and tolerability of metronomic chemotherapy in patients with advanced
MethodsFifteen patients with advanced ovarian carcinoma and bad performance status were subjected to daily cyclophosphamide (CTX)
after failure of 1st line chemotherapy which included paclitaxel and carboplatin. Evaluation of the cases during treatment
as regard treatment side effects and progression free survival.
ResultsPatients could tolerate low dose oral cyclophosphamide treatment without considerable side effects with improvement of performance
status. The mean progression free survival was 12 months.
ConclusionLow dose oral cyclophosphamide could be considered as a palliative treatment of pretreated ovarian carcinomas with poor performance
Key wordsmetronomic–chemotherapy–ovarian carcinoma
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ABSTRACT: Anticancer chemotherapy is thought to be effective by means of direct cytotoxicity on tumor cells. Alternative mechanisms of efficacy have been ascribed to several common anticancer agents, including cyclophosphamide (CTX), methotrexate (MTX), anthracyclines and taxanes, postulating an antiangiogenic activity. We evaluated the clinical efficacy and impact on serum vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) levels of low-dose oral MTX and CTX in patients with metastatic breast cancer. MTX was administered 2.5 mg bd on days 1 and 2 each week and CTX 50 mg/day administered continuously. Sixty-four patients were enrolled, 63 were evaluable: Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status 0-1, > or =2 sites of metastatic disease (n = 50 patients), progressive disease at study entry (n = 51), 1 regimen for metastatic disease (n = 32) and > or =2 regimens (n = 20). Among the 63 evaluable patients, there were two complete remissions (CR), 10 partial remissions (PR) for an overall response rate of 19.0% (95% CI 10.2% to 30.9%) and an overall clinical benefit (CR+ PR+ stable disease >24 weeks) of 31.7% (95% CI 20.6% to 44.7%). Grade > or =2 leucopenia was registered in only 13 patients. The median serum VEGF level for the subgroup of patients on treatment for at least 2 months decreased with treatment from 315 pg/ml (95% CI 245 to 435) at baseline to 248 pg/ml (95% CI 205 to 311) at 2 months (P <0.001). Both responders and non-responders showed similar reductions in serum VEGF (P = 0.78). After 6 months patients still on treatment had a median VEGF level of 195 pg/ml (95% CI 96 to 355), which was significantly lower than the median baseline values (P = 0.001). Continuously low-dose CTX and MTX is minimally toxic and effective in heavily pretreated breast cancer patients. A drop in VEGF was associated with the treatment and so alternative hypotheses, other than that of direct toxicity on tumor cells, must be favored when trying to explain the anticancer effect.Annals of Oncology 01/2002; 13(1):73-80. · 7.38 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Tumour endothelium is a new target for anticancer treatments. Proliferating endothelial cells from the tumour, even if qualitatively different from those of blood vessels in the normal tissue of origin, remain putatively normal and genetically stable cells. The results of recent experimental studies have suggested that frequent administration of certain cytotoxic agents at low doses (a tenth to a third of the maximum tolerated dose), known as 'metronomic' chemotherapy, increases the antiangiogenic activity of the drugs. The effects of these metronomic schedules of cytotoxic agents may be further enhanced by concurrent administration of novel, selective, treatments that inhibit, at a molecular level, the processes of tumour formation and growth eg angiogenesis, growth factor pathways, and other signal transduction cascades. The need to treat patients for long periods also supports the use of metronomic scheduling for chemotherapy, to minimise toxicity and to target both proliferating tumour cells and endothelial cells. This review describes the experimental studies involving metronomic schedules of chemotherapy, alone and in combination with angiogenesis inhibitors, and suggests a new therapeutic anticancer paradigm for controlling cancer by long-term therapy, based on the development of combinations of metronomic cytotoxic agents with individually tailored compounds designed to target specific molecules.The Lancet Oncology 01/2002; 2(12):733-40. · 25.12 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Standard therapy for patients affected with advanced epithelial ovarian cancer is cytoreductive surgery followed by combination chemotherapy. With this treatment, most patients obtain clinical complete or partial response, nevertheless, relapse is common and salvage chemotherapy is often needed. The probability of response to second line chemotherapy following platinum-based treatments is usually related to the platinum-free interval, even if recent studies have reported some other clinical features as having prognostic value, such as tumour burden and histology. Salvage monochemotherapy is generally used, but when the platinum-free interval is longer than 24 months, re-treatment with platinum compounds and/or taxanes is indicated. Moreover, a number of new agents with demonstrated activity in ovarian cancer are currently available. Sequentially used in recurrent disease, these agents may improve survival and/or quality of life. Among these new drugs, the most promising are: topotecan, doxil, gemcitabine and platinum analogues such as oxaliplatin, nedaplatin, satraplatin, BBR3464 and ZD0473. However, the real aim of salvage chemotherapy in relapsed ovarian cancer still remains palliative care, because complete responses are very rarely reported and long lasting responses are very seldom observed.International Journal of Oncology 08/2002; 21(1):179-86. · 2.66 Impact Factor