Twenty-four evaluable extensively pretreated advanced breast cancer patients received a combination of platinum and etoposide. Platinum was given i.v. at the dose of 80 mg/mq at day 1. Etoposide was given at the dose of 120 mg/mq i.v. at day 1, and p.o. at the dose of 200 mg/mq at day 3 and 5. Treatment was repeated every 3 weeks. CR was never obtained. PR was observed in four patients (17%), MR in two, NC in seven and PD in 11 patients. PR plus MR occurred in six patients (25%). Considering the extensive pretreatment of patients, the results seem to indicate that this combination is active and can be included among the possible options in treating chemotherapy refractory advanced breast cancer. Moreover, it deserves further evaluation in an earlier phase of the disease.
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