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Gemcitabine single agent

Abstract: Phase II study of gemcitabine in ovarian cancer.

This phase II study evaluated the response rate and toxicity of single-agent gemcitabine in 40 women with epithelial ovarian cancer, previously treated with platinum-based chemotherapy. Patients had stage III or IV disease and progressive disease 1-12 months after the last treatment. Gemcitabine 1250 mg/m2 was administered on days 1, 8 and 15 of each 28-day cycle as a 30-minute infusion. The overall response rate to gemcitabine was 22% (95% confidence intervals: 10-39%). Responses to gemcitabine were observed in patients with platinum-refractory disease, which suggests no cross resistance to platinum. Gemcitabine was well tolerated and no grade 4 toxicity was seen. This study confirms that gemcitabine is active and well tolerated in pre-treated women with ovarian cancer.


von Minckwitz G, Bauknecht T, Visseren-Grul CM, Neijt JP. Phase II study of gemcitabine in ovarian cancer. Ann Oncol 1999; 10:853 - 855.

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Gemcitabine....... 1250 mg / M2 IV days 1,8,15
FREQUENCY every 28 days

  Overall Response Rate  
  Progression Free Survival  
  Overall Survival  

Article reviewed by:

Dr. Tamer Fouad, M.D.


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