A total of 71 patients with advanced gastric carcinoma were randomized to receive either folinic acid + fluorouracil (arm A) or the same combination with the addition of 4-epidoxorubicin (arm B). Of the 62 evaluable patients (31 in both arms), six patients achieved a CR (10%) and 16 a PR (25.5%) with an overall response rate of 35.5% (29% in arm A and 42% in arm B; p = .28). Median duration of response was 6 and 7 months for arm A and B, respectively (p = .6). Responder patients showed a significantly better median survival duration than nonresponders (p = .01); in arm B the median survival duration was 16 months for responder patients in contrast to 7 months for nonresponders (p = .004). Toxicity was mild without significant differences between the two groups. There was one death due to hematological toxicity (arm A). The EPI-FA-FU combination appears effective and well tolerated with the additional advantage of being able to be administered in the outpatient clinic.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||American Journal of Clinical Oncology: Cancer Clinical Trials|
|Publication status||Published - 1995|
- Folinic acid
- Gastric cancer
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research