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ABSTRACT: We have treated 26 consecutive chemotherapy-naive patients with stage IIIB/IV non-small cell lung cancer with an innovative regimen based on a 1-hour infusion of paclitaxel (Taxol; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Princeton, NJ) 125 to 250 mg/m2, ifosfamide 3 g/m2 (with mesna), and carboplatin dosed to an area under the concentration-time curve of 5, every 21 days for a total of six cycles in responding or stabilized patients. Among 22 fully evaluable patients, 14 (64%) achieved a partial remission, six had disease stabilization, and two had disease progression. Hematologic toxicity was remarkably mild; only one patient had grade 3 neutropenia (on day 21). Arthralgias/myalgias (grade 3 in nine patients, grade 4 in one patient) and neurologic toxicity (a cumulative sensory neuropathy of grade 3 or 4 in five patients) were the most common side effects and seem to be dose related. To date, few patients are fully evaluable and survival data are clearly immature. Nevertheless, this regimen seems highly active and quite well tolerated, and deserves further evaluation.
Seminars in Oncology 09/1997; 24(4 Suppl 12):S12-70-S12-72. · 3.90 Impact Factor