A phase II study of gemcitabine, carboplatin and bevacizumab for the treatment of platinum-sensitive recurrent ovarian cancer

Eric L. Eisenhauer, Vanna Zanagnolo, David E. Cohn, Ritu Salani, David M. O'Malley, Gregory Sutton, Michael J. Callahan, Bobbi Cobb, Jeffrey M. Fowler, Larry J. Copeland

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Purpose The doublet gemcitabine and carboplatin is effective for the treatment of recurrent ovarian cancer, while multi-agent chemotherapy with bevacizumab may add additional benefit. This phase II study tested the efficacy and safety of a biweekly gemcitabine, carboplatin, and bevacizumab combination in patients with platinum-sensitive recurrent ovarian, peritoneal, or tubal cancer (ROC). Patients and methods Eligible patients received concurrent gemcitabine 1000 mg/m2, carboplatin area under the curve 3, and bevacizumab 10 mg/kg administered intravenously on days 1 and 15 every 28 days for six cycles or up to 24 cycles if clinical benefit occurred. The primary end points were progression-free survival (PFS) by RECIST, and safety; the secondary end points were objective response rates and overall survival. Results Overall, 45 patients were enrolled. The median PFS was 13.3 months (95% CI, 11.3 to 15.3). The objective response rate was 69%. Grade 4 hematologic toxicities included neutropenia (27%) and thrombocytopenia (2%). Grades 3 and 4 non-hematologic toxicities included fatigue (18%), pain (9%), and nausea/vomiting (4%). There were 2 episodes of cerebrovascular accidents, 2 noted DVTs, and no episodes of bowel perforation. Median OS was 36.1 months (95% CI, 26.7 to 45.5). Conclusion Biweekly gemcitabine, carboplatin, and bevacizumab were an effective regimen in recurrent ovarian cancer, with comparable toxicity to recently reported day 1 gemcitabine, carboplatin, bevacizumab, and day 8 gemcitabine. Response rate and PFS are improved from reported outcomes of the gemcitabine carboplatin doublet. The degree to which biweekly dosing may present a more rationale schedule for this triplet should be evaluated further.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-266
Number of pages5
JournalGynecologic Oncology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Bevacizumab
  • Chemotherapy
  • Gemcitabine
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Platinum-sensitive
  • Recurrent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Oncology


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