[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Patients with poor performance status and/or are elderly are frequently considered a compromised group at high risk of chemotherapy-related morbidities and less likely to benefit from treatment. We aimed to evaluate tolerability and efficacy of three single-agent regimens in these patients.
Patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer who had performance status 2/3 and/or were aged 70 and older were randomly assigned to receive gemcitabine, vinorelbine, or docetaxel. Objective response, toxicities, and quality of life were evaluated.
One hundred thirty-five patients were registered, of whom one was ineligible. Of the 134 patients, 43 received gemcitabine, 45 vinorelbine, and 46 docetaxel. The response rate was 16%, 20%, 22% for gemcitabine, vinorelbine, and docetaxel, respectively. The main grade 3/4 toxicities were fatigue (18%) and neutropenia (16%). There was improvement in global health scores, cough, and dyspnea for all treatment groups. The improvement in dyspnea was most marked in patients with performance status 3.
There was no significant advantage of any of the treatment arms over the rest. There was benefit seen with improvement of quality of life in patients who were able to receive more cycles of chemotherapy.
Journal of thoracic oncology: official publication of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer 04/2007; 2(3):230-6. · 4.55 Impact Factor