Weekly administration of gemcitabine and docetaxel combinations in the treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer

Junling Li, Yilong Wu, Longyun Li, Lijia Gu, Li Zhang, Jinwan Wang, Xiang ru Zhang, Yan Sun

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the efficacy and side effects of weekly administration of gemcitabine combined with docetaxel in the treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer. Methods: Twenty-six patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer, with or without prior chemotherapy, were entered into this study. Gemcitabine and docetaxel were administrated weekly for 3 consecutive weeks, followed by 1 week rest. Gemcitabine was given as 800-1 200 mg/m2 by intravenous infusion on days 1, 8. 15; while docetaxel was 35 mg/m2 intravenously on the same days as gemcitabine. The efficacy including response rate and median survival duration and toxicity were observed. Results: Of the 26 patients, one achieved complete response (CR), and 6 achieved partial response (PR), with an overall response rate of 27%. The median survival duration was 9. 5 months and 1-year survival rate was 38% (10/26). The main toxicities were neutropenia and thrombocytopenia. One patient died from allergic shock. Conclusion: The combination of docetaxel and gemcitabine is effective and well-tolerated in the treatment of advanced NSCLC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)375-377
Number of pages3
JournalChinese Journal of Lung Cancer
Volume6
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2003

Keywords

  • Advanced non-small cell lung cancer
  • Docetaxel
  • Gemcitabine
  • Weekly administration

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