cis-Dichlorodiammineplatinum (II) alone followed by adriamycin plus cyclophosphamide at progression versus cis-dichlorodiammineplatinum (II), adriamycin, and cyclophosphamide in combination for adenocarcinoma of the lung

J. C. Britell, R. T. Eagan, J. N. Ingle, E. T. Creagen, J. Rubin, S. Frytak

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Forty-one patients with proven metastatic adenocarcinoma of the lung were randomized into two comparable groups after stratification for performance status and presence of measurable or evaluable disease. Treatment 1 consisted of cis-dichlorodiammineplatinum(II) (P) at a dose of 15 mg/m 2/day by iv push on Days 1-5 every 4 weeks. Upon progression or the onset of renal toxic effects, patients were crossed over to cyclophosphamide (C) at a dose of 400 mg/m 2, and adriamycin (A) at a dose of 40 mg/m 2, both given by iv push on Day 1 every 4 weeks. Treatment 2 (CAP-I) consisted of C-A in the same doses as above plus concurrent P, 40 mg/m 2 by iv push on Day 1 every 4 weeks. Eight patients receiving P developed serum creatinine values ≥1.5 mg/100 ml versus one patient receiving CAP-I (P = 0.05). Objective regressions occurred in two of 22 patients with P, five of 17 with C-A, and eight of 19 with CAP-I (P = 0.025; CAP-I versus P). There was a significant increase in the median duration of regression in patients responding to C-A following P (267 days) versus patients responding to CAP-I (95 days). The improved rate of response with CAP-I and the prolonged duration of response with C-A following P suggest a potentiating effect between P and C-A whether given simultaneously or sequentially.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1207-1210
Number of pages4
JournalCancer Treatment Reports
Issue number8
StatePublished - Dec 1 1978


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  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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