A phase II study of neoadjuvant combination chemotherapy with docetaxel, cisplatin, and S-1 for locally advanced resectable gastric cancer: nucleotide excision repair (NER) as potential chemoresistance marker

Fourth Department of Internal Medicine, Sapporo Medical University School of Medicine, South 1 West 16, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, 060-8543, Japan.
Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology (Impact Factor: 2.57). 01/2013; 71(3). DOI: 10.1007/s00280-013-2073-5
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ABSTRACT PURPOSE: The combination of docetaxel, cisplatin, and S-1 (DCS) chemotherapy is expected to be a promising regimen for advanced gastric cancer. This study was performed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of neoadjuvant DCS chemotherapy for locally advanced resectable gastric cancer. METHODS: Patients with locally advanced gastric cancer received 2 courses of preoperative chemotherapy with S-1 (40 mg/m(2) b.i.d.) on days 1-14 and docetaxel (60 mg/m(2)) plus cisplatin (60 mg/m(2)) on day 8 every 3 weeks, followed by standard curative surgery within 4-8 weeks. The primary endpoint was R0 resectability. Expression of damage DNA binding protein complex subunit 2 (DDB2)/excision repair cross-complementing 1 (ERCC1) in the pretreated tumor tissues was examined by immunohistochemistry. RESULTS: A total of 43 patients received neoadjuvant chemotherapy. The response rate was 74.4 %, and disease control ratio was 100 %. Grade 4 neutropenia developed in 53.5 % of patients and febrile neutropenia in 16.3 %. Non-hematological grade 3/4 adverse events were anorexia (23.3 %), nausea (14.0 %), and diarrhea (23.3 %), but these were generally transient and manageable. The proportion of R0 resections in the 43 eligible patients was 90.7 %, and a pathological response was found in 65.9 % of patients. There were no treatment-related deaths and no major surgical complications. The accuracy of the combination of DDB2 and ERCC1 expression for predicting chemoresistance was 82.5 %. CONCLUSIONS: Preoperative treatment with DCS combination for locally advanced gastric cancer demonstrated a sufficient R0 resection rate and a good pathological response with manageable toxicities. The DDB2/ERCC1-high phenotype, as determined by immunohistochemistry, may be useful predictor of resistance to DCS chemotherapy.

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