Hybrid (intravenous and oral) administration of vinorelbine plus cisplatinum followed by oral vinorelbine as first-line therapy of advanced non-small cell lung cancer: A phase II study

A. A. Martoni, B. Melotti, F. Sperandi, S. Giaquinta, E. Piana, L. Pavesi, G. Da Prada, G. Lelli

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Abstract

Background: The combination of alternate i.v./oral (hybrid) administration of vinorelbine (VNR) plus cisplatin (CDDP), followed by oral VNR, could result in a more suitable first-line regimen for patients (pts) with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (aNSCLC) in the outpatient setting. Methods: The induction treatment consisted of CDDP 80 mg/m 2 i.v. and VNR 25 mg/m 2 i.v. day 1 and VNR 60 mg/m 2 oral day 8, every 3 weeks for 4 courses. A dose escalation of VNR to 80 mg/m 2 oral from day 8 of the second course and to 30 mg/m 2 i.v. from day 1 of the third course was planned in the absence of G3-4 toxicity. Pts with disease control after 4 courses underwent consolidation treatment with oral VNR 80 mg/m 2 days 1 and 8 every 3 weeks up to intolerance or progression. Results: Fifty-three pts entered the study: 80% males; median age 63 years (range 43-71); median ECOG PS 0 (range 0-1); histotype: adenocarcinoma 59%, epidermoid 31%, undifferentiated 10%; disease stage: IIIB 22%, IV 70%, recurrent disease 8%. The objective response was as follows: 1 (2%) CR, 20 (38%) PR, 16 (30%) SD, 11 (21%) PD and 5 (9%) pts were not assessable. Median TTP and OS were 6 and 10 months, respectively. G3-4 neutropenia was observed in 23 and 24% of pts in the induction and in the consolidation phases, respectively, with febrile neutropenia in 6 pts (11%) and 2 (8%), respectively. G3-4 non-haematological toxicity was rare, being represented by nausea-vomiting and neurotoxicity in 3 pts (6%) in the induction phase. Conclusions: This combination regimen including hybrid administration of VNR plus CDDP is feasible, tolerable and effective as a first-line treatment in pts with aNSCLC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-392
Number of pages6
JournalLung Cancer
Volume60
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008

Keywords

  • Cis-platin dose
  • Consolidation treatment
  • First-line chemotherapy
  • NSCLC
  • Oral chemotherapy
  • Vinorelbine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology

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