Thirty patients with chemotherapy-naive advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) were given escalating doses of paclitaxel (150, 175, 200 mg/m2) on day 1 in three consecutive cycles, together with a fixed dose of gemcitabine 1000 mg/m2 on days 1 and 8; cycles were repeated every three weeks. The dose escalation of paclitaxel was feasible in the majority of patients. Subsequently, 30 other NSCLC patients received a dose of 200 mg/m2 paclitaxel with gemcitabine 1000 mg/m2 in a phase II study. The major side effect was mild myelosuppression. A response rate of 24% was achieved in 49 fully evaluable patients. This regimen proved to be safe and easy to administer on an out-patient setting, and constitutes now one of the arms of the current EORTC randomized study for advanced NSCLC.

Chemotherapy, Gemcitabine, Non-small-cell lung cancer, Paclitaxel,
Annals of Oncology
Department of Pulmonology

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