Chemoradiotherapy in non-small cell lung cancer: Paclitaxel/carboplatin/radiotherapy in regionally advanced disease

C. P. Belani, J. Aisner, S. Bahri, J. Jett, R. Day, M. J. Capazolli, D. Hiponia, C. Engstrom

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Based on superior results observed with combined-modality therapy over radiotherapy alone and on the authors' previous work with carboplatin and standard daily thoracic radiotherapy in patients with advanced, unresectable non-small cell lung cancer, a phase II study was designed to incorporate radiosensitizing doses of paclitaxel (Taxol; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Princeton, NJ) into the carboplatin/radiotherapy regimen, to improve the therapeutic index and define the toxicities. Thirty-two patients have been entered. Paclitaxel 45 mg/m2/wk was administered over 3 hours prior to carboplatin (100 mg/m2/wk) and thoracic radiotherapy (1.8 Gy/d 5 days a week; total dose, 60 to 65 Gy). No grade 4 toxicities occurred. Seven patients had chemotherapy doses delayed because of grade 3 neutropenia, and one patient had grade 3 mucositis/esophagitis that required hospitalization. Median survival has not yet been reached, and all patients are being followed. These preliminary data demonstrate the feasibility of combined concurrent chemoradiotherapy, with acceptable toxicities. Further investigation is needed to optimize carboplatin dosage with adaptive control using formulas based on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Full-dose induction chemotherapy regimens to maximize the systemic effects of chemotherapy should precede concurrent chemoradiotherapy in future studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-116
Number of pages4
JournalSeminars in oncology
Issue number6 SUPPL. 16
StatePublished - Dec 1 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hematology
  • Oncology


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