Standard dose docetaxel is burdened by severe toxicity. Weekly schedules have been shown to be active as standard scheme with reduced side effects. In 20-30% of elderly patients (pts) the classic 6-week schedule induces grade 3/4 fatigue and other cumulative toxicities. We carried out this safety study in order to evaluate whether a modified weekly docetaxel schedule would improve the toxicity profile. Twenty-one untreated elderly (>= 70 years) pts suffering from metastatic breast cancer were enrolled in the study. Pts were treated with a weekly dose of 35 mg/m(2) docetaxel for 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week rest. Further cycles were performed with this modified schedule: docetaxel days 1, 8 and 15 every 29 days. All pts received at least the first cycle (6 weeks). A total of 261 doses were delivered. No toxic deaths occurred. The toxicity was mild: we recorded 1 episode of grade 3-neutropenia and severe asthenia in only 2 pts (10%). We recorded an overall response rate of 33% (1 CR, 6 PR). Our data showed a reduced incidence of severe asthenia (2/21), obtained with a light modification of a weekly docetaxel schedule.

A modified weekly docetaxel schedule as first-line chemotherapy in elderly metastatic breast cancer: A safety study

CARISTI, Nicola;PICCIOTTO, Maria;LA TORRE, Francesco
2005-01-01

Abstract

Standard dose docetaxel is burdened by severe toxicity. Weekly schedules have been shown to be active as standard scheme with reduced side effects. In 20-30% of elderly patients (pts) the classic 6-week schedule induces grade 3/4 fatigue and other cumulative toxicities. We carried out this safety study in order to evaluate whether a modified weekly docetaxel schedule would improve the toxicity profile. Twenty-one untreated elderly (>= 70 years) pts suffering from metastatic breast cancer were enrolled in the study. Pts were treated with a weekly dose of 35 mg/m(2) docetaxel for 6 weeks, followed by a 2-week rest. Further cycles were performed with this modified schedule: docetaxel days 1, 8 and 15 every 29 days. All pts received at least the first cycle (6 weeks). A total of 261 doses were delivered. No toxic deaths occurred. The toxicity was mild: we recorded 1 episode of grade 3-neutropenia and severe asthenia in only 2 pts (10%). We recorded an overall response rate of 33% (1 CR, 6 PR). Our data showed a reduced incidence of severe asthenia (2/21), obtained with a light modification of a weekly docetaxel schedule.
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