Oxaliplatin in combination with protracted-infusion fluorouracil and radiation: Report of a clinical trial for patients with esophageal cancer

Nikhil I. Khushalani, Cynthia Gail Leichman, Gary Proulx, Hector Nava, Lisa Bodnar, Donald Klippenstein, Alan Litwin, Judy Smith, Enriqueta Nava, Lakshmi Pendyala, Patrick Smith, William Greco, Joanne Berdzik, Harold Douglass, Lawrence Leichman

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Purpose: To identify a dose and schedule of oxaliplatin (OXP) to be safely administered in combination with protracted-infusion (PI) fluorouracil (5-FU) and external-beam radiation therapy (XRT) for patients with primary esophageal carcinoma (EC). Patients and Methods: Eligibility included therapeutically naïve EC patients with clinical disease stages II, III, or IV. Initial doses and schedules for cycle 1 consisted of OXP 85 mg/m2 on days 1, 15, and 29; PI 5-FU 180 mg/m2 for 24 hours for 35 days; and XRT 1.8 Gy in 28 fractions starting on day 8. At completion of cycle 1, eligible patients could undergo an operation or begin cycle 2 without XRT. Postoperative patients were eligible for cycle 2. Stage IV patients were allowed three cycles in the absence of disease progression. OXP and 5-FU increases were based on dose-limiting toxicity (DLT) encountered in cohorts of three consecutive patients. Results: Thirty-eight eligible patients received therapy: 22 noninvasively staged as IV and 16 noninvasively staged as II and III. Thirty-six patients completed cycle 1, 29 patients started cycle 2, and 24 patients completed cycle 2. The combined-modality therapy was well tolerated, but DLT prevented OXP and 5-FU escalation. No grade 4 hematologic toxicity was noted. Eleven grade 3 and two grade 4 clinical toxicities were noted in eight patients. After cycle 1, 29 patients (81%) had no cancer in the esophageal mucosa. Thirteen patients underwent an operation with intent to resect the esophagus; five patients (38%) exhibited pathologic complete responses. Conclusion: OXP 85 mg/m2 on days 1, 15, and 29 administered with PI 5-FU and XRT is safe, tolerable, and seems effective against primary EC. The role of OXP in multimodality regimens against EC deserves further evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2844-2850
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jun 15 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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