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Abstract: Phase II study of liposomal doxorubicin in refractory ovarian cancer: antitumor activity and toxicity modification by liposomal encapsulation.

PURPOSE: A phase II study of liposomal doxorubicin was conducted in patients with ovarian cancer who failed to respond to platinum- and paclitaxel-based regimens. Liposomal doxorubicin was selected as a result of its superior activity against ovarian cancer xenografts relative to free doxorubicin and activity in refractory ovarian cancer patients that was noted during the phase I study. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Thirty-five consecutive patients were accrued in two institutions (22 in one and 13 in the other). All had progressive disease after either cisplatin or carboplatin and paclitaxel, or at least one platinum-based and one paclitaxel-based regimen. Patients received intravenous (I.V.) liposomal doxorubicin 50 mg/m2 every 3 weeks with a dose reduction to 40 mg/m2 in the event of grade 3 or 4 toxicities, or a lengthening of the interval to 4 weeks (and occasionally to 5 weeks) with persistence of grade 1 or 2 toxicities beyond 3 weeks. RESULTS: Nine clinical responses (one complete response [CR], eight partial responses [PRs]) were observed in 35 patients (25.7%), with seven of these having been confirmed by two consecutive computed tomographic (CT) measurements. The median progression-free survival was 5.7 months with an overall survival of 1.5 to 24+ months (median, 11 months). Although 13 patients experienced grade 3 or 4 nonhematologic skin and mucosal toxicities (either hand-foot syndrome or stomatitis), with dose modifications, the treatment was very well tolerated. Nausea that was clearly attributable to the drug, hair loss, extravasation necrosis, or decreases in ejection fraction did not occur. CONCLUSION: Liposomal doxorubicin has substantial activity against ovarian cancer refractory to platinum and paclitaxel. The responses achieved with liposomal doxorubicin were durable and maintained with minimal toxicity. This liposomal formulation should be evaluated further in combination with other drugs in less refractory patients.


Muggia FM, Hainsworth JD, Jeffers S, Miller P, Groshen S, Tan M, Roman L, Uziely B, Muderspach L, Garcia A, Burnett A, Greco FA, Morrow CP, Paradiso LJ, Liang LJ. Phase II study of liposomal doxorubicin in refractory ovarian cancer: antitumor activity and toxicity modification by liposomal encapsulation. J Clin Oncol 1997; 15:987 - 993.


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Dr. Tamer Fouad, M.D.

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