[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We investigated whether circulating endothelial cells (CECs) predict clinical outcome of first-line chemotherapy and bevacizumab in metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) patients.
In a substudy of the randomized phase II FNCLCC ACCORD 13/0503 trial, CECs (CD45- CD31+ CD146+ 7-amino-actinomycin- cells) were enumerated in 99 patients by four-color flow cytometry at baseline and after one cycle of treatment. We correlated CEC levels with objective response rate (ORR), 6-month progression-free survival (PFS) rate (primary end point of the trial), PFS, and overall survival (OS). Multivariate analyses of potential prognostic factors, including CEC counts and Köhne score, were carried out.
By multivariate analysis, high baseline CEC levels were the only independent prognostic factor for 6-month PFS rate (P < 0.01) and were independently associated with worse PFS (P = 0.02). High CEC levels after one cycle were the only independent prognostic factor for ORR (P = 0.03). High CEC levels at both time points independently predicted worse ORR (P = 0.025), 6-month PFS rate (P = 0.007), and PFS (P = 0.02). Köhne score was the only variable associated with OS.
CEC levels at baseline and after one treatment cycle may independently predict ORR and PFS in mCRC patients starting first-line bevacizumab and chemotherapy.
Annals of Oncology 08/2011; 23(4):919-27. · 7.38 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To assess activity and safety of an experimental combination of irinotecan and oxaliplatin (IRINOX) as first-line treatment in advanced colorectal cancer.
In this randomized phase II trial, 80 patients were treated: arm A (IRINOX) in 40 patients received at day 1 oxaliplatin 85 mg/m(2) and irinotecan 180 mg/m(2) biweekly, standard arm B received a biweekly simplified folinic acid (FA) and fluorouracil (FU), FA 200 mg/m(2) in a 2-h infusion and bolus injection of 5FU 400 mg/m(2) on day 1, then a two 400 mg/m(2) continuous infusion of FU on days 1 and 2 with either oxaliplatin 85 mg/m(2) (20 patients) or irinotecan 180 mg/m(2) (20 patients).
Twenty-one partial responses (52.5%, median duration 7.2 months) were observed with the IRINOX arm and two complete and 20 partial responses (55%, median duration 6.4 months) with arm B. Median progression-free and overall survival times were 8.4 and 19 months, respectively, in the IRINOX arm and 8.1 and 20.4 months in arm B. Main grade 3/4 toxic effects were, respectively, neutropenia 42.5% and 32.5%; febrile neutropenia 10% and 5%; diarrhea 32.5% and 7.5%; vomiting 10.0% and 5%; neurosensory toxicity 17.5% and 7.5%.
The IRINOX arm has a manageable toxicity and is active.
Annals of Oncology 01/2008; 18(12):2000-5. · 7.38 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This phase II trial was performed to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of a new combination of Uracil/Ftorafur (UFT)/leucovorin (LV) and oxaliplatin in patients (pts) with metastatic colorectal cancer (MCRC) who had not received prior chemotherapy for metastatic disease. Between February 2002 and October 2002, 64 patients received UFT 300 mg m(-2) day(-1) and LV 90 mg day(-1) from day 1 to day 14 combined with oxaliplatin 130 mg m(-2) on day 1, every 3 weeks. All patients were evaluable for safety analysis and 58 of 64 patients were eligible for efficacy. Responses were reviewed by an independent review committee. Of the 58 per-protocol defined assessable patients, 1 complete response and 20 partial responses were observed yielding a response rate of 34% (95% CI: 22-47). The median response duration was 8.74 months (range 1.6-14). The median time to progression and the median survival were 5.88 months (95% CI: 4.34-8.21) and 18.2 months (95% CI: 10-20.7), respectively. Diarrhoea and peripheral neuropathy were the most frequent and predictable toxicities. These events were reversible, noncumulative and manageable. Grade 3 diarrhoea occurred in only 11% of the patients. No grade 4 gastrointestinal toxicity was reported in the study. The incidence of grade 3/4 (National Cancer Institute Common Toxicity Criteria 2: NCI-CTC 2) peripheral neuropathy was 15%. Haematological toxicity was of mild to moderate intensity with 10% of the patients with Grade 3/4 neutropenia without any episode of complication. The TEGAFOX regimen, a new combination using UFT/LV and oxaliplatin every 3 weeks is feasible on an outpatient basis. The combination is safe and active and may offer a promising alternative to the intravenous route. Nevertheless this efficacy results should be confirmed by randomized phase III trials.
British Journal of Cancer 02/2006; 94(1):69-73. · 5.08 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To analyse toxicity and response to a new scheme of neoadjuvant chemotherapy (CT) and concomitant radiochemotherapy (RT-CT) for locally advanced anal canal squamous-cell carcinoma (ACC).
Eighty patients with an ACC > 40 mm and/or with lymph node involvement were included (1 T1, 52 T2, 14 T3, 13 T4, 18 N0, 30 N1, 32 N2-N3). Two cycles of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and CDDP were delivered as neoadjuvant CT and two during RT-CT. Pelvic (+/- inguinal) RT delivered 45 Gy in 25 fractions of 1.8 Gy. Involved fields were boosted after a one to two month gap (15-20 Gy). The median follow-up was 29 months.
One patient died of a pulmonary embolism on day 4. All patients received the entire treatment, with reduced 5-FU doses in 27% of the cases because of acute toxicity. Sixty-four grade 3 and five grade 4 toxicities were observed. No toxic death occurred. Complete response (CR) and partial response (PR) rates were, respectively, 10% and 51% after neoadjuvant CT, 67% and 28% after RT-CT and 93% and 5% after treatment completion (including 4 abdomino-perineal resections). The three-year actuarial overall, tumour-specific, colostomy-free, relapse-free, disease-free and event-free survivals were 86%, 88%, 73%, 70%, 67% and 63%, respectively.
Tolerance was good. After neoadjuvant CT, most of the patients were objective responders. After treatment completion, all but five achieved CR. The long-term results confirm the durability of local control and low toxicity on the sphincter. An ongoing phase III intergroup trial analyses the impact of neoadjuvant CT, and the benefit of a high-dose boost irradiation, on local control and colostomy-free survival.
Annals of Oncology 04/2001; 12(3):397-404. · 7.38 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Chemotherapy (5-fluorouracil-mitomycin C) concomitant with radiotherapy (RT) increases local control and colostomy-free survival in advanced anal canal carcinomas (ACC). The purpose of this prospective trial was to analyse the toxicity of and response to an induction chemotherapy combining 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and CDDP administered concomitantly with irradiation.
Thirty patients (24 F/6 M, mean age 60, range 38-74) with an advanced ACC > 40 mm and/or with node involvement were prospectively treated (1 T1, 16 T2, 8 T3, 5 T4, 10 N1, 1 N2, 8 N3) from November 1994 to January 1996. Two induction and two concomitant cycles of 5-FU (800 mg/ m2 D1-4 infusion) and CDDP (80 mg/i.v./m2 at D1) were delivered. RT consisted of 45 Gy (1.8 Gy/fr, 5 fr/w) on pelvis +/- inguinal nodes or 30 Gy (3 Gy/fr, 4 fr/w) by direct perineal field. A boost (15-20 Gy) was delivered six weeks later.
Toxicity: one patient died of a pulmonary embolism on D4. The remaining 29 received the entire treatment, with reduced 5-FU doses in 11 patients because of acute toxicity. The RT boost was delayed for one patient (aplasia). In 109 cycles, 3 grade 4 and 17 grade 3 toxicities were observed; there were no toxic deaths. Tumor response: the complete response (CR) and partial response (PR) rates were, respectively, 11% and 61% after induction chemotherapy, 59% and 31% after concomitant radiochemotherapy and 96% and 0% two months after completion of the treatment. No tumor progression was observed.
the treatment was well tolerated and there was good compliance. After induction chemotherapy, most of the patients were in PR, with some even in CR. After completion of the treatment all but one were in CR. The tumor response and the long term results of 50 patients will be analysed before initiation of a randomised trial is considered.
Annals of Oncology 06/1997; 8(6):575-81. · 7.38 Impact Factor