S-Space College of Medicine/School of Medicine (의과대학/대학원) Internal Medicine (내과학전공) Journal Papers (저널논문_내과학전공)
Phase II trial of gemcitabine plus UFT as salvage treatment in oxaliplatin, irinotecan and fluoropyrimidine-refractory metastatic colorectal cancer
- Lee, Keun-Wook; Kim, Yu Jung; Lee, Kyung-Hun; Han, Sae-Won; Kim, Tae-Yong; Oh, Do-Youn; Im, Seock-Ah; Kim, Tae-You; Bang, Yung-Jue; Choi, In Sil; Kim, Jee Hyun
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- Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology, Vol.74 No.3, pp.447-455
- To investigate the efficacy of gemcitabine plus uracil-tegafur (UFT) combination chemotherapy as a salvage treatment in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (MCRC). This single-arm phase II study was conducted at three institutions in Korea. Patients with MCRC refractory to fluoropyrimidine, oxaliplatin and irinotecan were enrolled. Gemcitabine 800 mg/m(2) was administered intravenously on days 1, 8 and 15. UFT 200 mg/m(2)/day was taken orally in three divided doses on days 1-21. Cycles were repeated every 4 weeks, and tumor evaluation was carried out every 8 weeks. The primary endpoint of this study was 8-week progression-free survival (PFS) rate. Forty-one patients were enrolled. Fourteen patients received gemcitabine/UFT as a third-line treatment and 37 patients as a fourth-line or later-line therapy. Toxicities were easily manageable, and non-hematologic toxicities of a parts per thousand yengrade 3 were rare. The most common toxicity of a parts per thousand yengrade 3 was neutropenia (20.0 %). One patient showed partial response (response rate, 2.4 %) and 14 (34.1 %) showed stable disease. The 8-week PFS rate was 42.3 %. The median PFS was 1.7 months [95 % confidence interval (CI) 1.6-1.8 months], and the median overall survival was 9.2 months (95 % CI 5.8-12.6 months). Overall efficacy of gemcitabine/UFT in refractory MCRC was unsatisfactory. However, we could find a minor proportion of patients who showed prolonged tumor stabilization to gemcitabine/UFT. Further studies are warranted to identify a patient subgroup that might have benefits from gemcitabine/UFT therapy.
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