The combination of docetaxel (Taxotere; Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, Antony, France) with cisplatin is feasible, has manageable toxicity, and is active in stage IIIB/IV non-small cell lung cancer. The four phase II trials completed to date show response rates ranging from 32% to 48% and median survival durations of 8 to 13 months. Based on these results, regimens combining 75 to 100 mg/m2 docetaxel with 75 to 100 mg/m2 cisplatin are now being assessed in randomized phase III comparisons with platinum-containing combinations. The combination of docetaxel and carboplatin also has promising activity, with response rates of 48% (1 complete response and 12 partial responses) seen in 27 evaluable patients. Overall, this combination is also well tolerated. However, it will be necessary to use both docetaxel/platinum regimens at earlier stages in the disease if a significant impact is to be made on survival.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Seminars in oncology|
|Issue number||3 SUPPL. 10|
|State||Published - Aug 15 1999|
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