Irinotecan and temozolomide in recurrent Ewing sarcoma: an analysis in 51 adult and pediatric patients

Emanuela Palmerini, R. L. Jones, Elisabetta Setola, Piero Picci, Emanuela Marchesi, R. Luksch, G. Grignani, Marilena Cesari, Alessandra Longhi, Massimo Eraldo Abate, Anna Paioli, Z. Szucs, Lorenzo D’ambrosio, Katia Scotlandi, F. Fagioli, S. Asaftei, Stefano Ferrari

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Background: Data on temozolomide (TEM) and irinotecan (IRI) activity in recurrent Ewing sarcoma (EWS), especially in adult patients, are limited. Methods: Patients receiving TEM 100 mg/m2/day oral, and IRI 40 mg/m2/day intravenous, days 1–5, every 21 days, were included in this multi-institutional retrospective study. Disease control rate (DCR) [overall response rate (ORR) [complete response (CR) + partial response (PR)] + stable disease (SD)], 6-months progression-free survival (6-mos PFS) and 1-year overall survival (OS) were assessed. Results: The median age of the 51 patients was 21 years (range 3–65 years): 34 patients (66%) were adults (≥18 years of age), 24 (48%) had ECOG 1 and 35 (69%) were presented with multiple site recurrence. TEMIRI was used at first relapse/progression in 13 (25%) patients, while the remainder received TEMIRI for second or greater relapse/progression. Fourteen (27%) patients had received prior myeloablative therapy with busulfan and melphalan. We observed five (10%) CR, 12 (24%) PR and 19 (37%) SD, with a DCR of 71%. 6-mos PFS was 49% (95% CI 35–63) and it was significantly influenced by ECOG (6-mos PFS 64% [95% CI 45–83] for ECOG 0, 34% [95% CI 14–54] for ECOG ≥1; p = .006) and LDH (6-mos PFS 62% [95% CI 44–79] for normal LDH, 22% [95% CI 3–42] for high LDH; p = .02), with no difference according to line of treatment, age and metastatic pattern. One-year OS was 55% (95% CI 39–70), with RECIST response (p = .001) and ECOG (p = .0002) independently associated with outcome. Grade 3 and 4 toxicity included neutropenia in 12% of patients, thrombocytopenia in 4%, diarrhea in 4%. Conclusions: This series confirms the activity of TEMIRI in both adults and pediatric patients. This schedule offers a 71% DCR, independently of the line of chemotherapy. Predictive factors of response are ECOG and LDH.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)958-964
Number of pages7
JournalActa Oncologica
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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