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Hexamethylmelamine single agent

Abstract: Altretamine (hexamethylmelamine) in platinum-resistant and platinum-refractory ovarian cancer: a Gynecologic Oncology Group phase II trial.

OBJECTIVES: In an effort to critically examine the antitumor activity of altretamine (hexamethylmelamine) as salvage therapy of platinum-refractory ovarian cancer, the Gynecologic Oncology Group initiated a Phase II trial of the agent administered in this clinical setting. METHODS: Altretamine was administered at a dose of 260 mg/m2 orally for 14 days in a 28-day course. Treatment was continued until disease progression or unacceptable side effects prevented further therapy. A total of 36 patients (median age: 56.5) were treated on this trial, of whom 33 were evaluable for toxicity and 30 for response. All patients had previously received either cisplatin or carboplatin and paclitaxel. RESULTS: The major side effect was emesis (grade 3-4, 7/33, 21%). The objective response rate was 10% (one complete response, two partial responses). CONCLUSION: We conclude that altretamine has limited activity in platinum-refractory ovarian cancer.

References

Markman M, Blessing JA, Moore D, Ball H, Lentz SS. Altretamine (hexamethylmelamine) in platinum-resistant and platinum-refractory ovarian cancer: a Gynecologic Oncology Group phase II trial. Gynecol Oncol 1998: 69:226 - 229.

Regimen

Hexamethylmelamine....... 260 mg / M2 / d PO days 1 - 14
FREQUENCY every 28 days

     
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Dr. Tamer Fouad, M.D.

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