A phase II study of single-agent docetaxel in patients with metastatic esophageal cancer

Annals of Oncology : Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
K MuroT Ohtsu

Abstract

To evaluate the activity and toxicity of docetaxel in patients with metastatic esophageal cancer. Eligible patients had histologically confirmed carcinoma of the esophagus with measurable metastatic sites according to Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST). Patients were either chemotherapy-naïve or previously treated with one regimen of chemotherapy. Docetaxel 70 mg/m(2) was administered intravenously over 1-2 h, every 21 days. Of 52 patients enrolled in this study, three were excluded because they did not receive docetaxel due to worsening condition after enrollment. Thirty-six patients had received prior platinum-based chemotherapy. The majority of patients (94%) had squamous cell carcinoma. Ten of 49 evaluable patients [20%; 95% confidence interval (CI) 10-34%] showed a partial response. Of the 10 partial responses, six patients had received prior platinum-based chemotherapy. Grade 3 or 4 neutropenia was noted in 43 of 49 patients (88%), and nine of 49 patients (18%) developed febrile neutropenia. Twenty-eight of 49 patients (57%) required lenograstim. Grade 3 anorexia and fatigue occurred in nine (18%) and six (12%) patients, respectively. Median survival time was 8.1 months (95% CI 6.6-11.3) and the 1-year ...Continue Reading

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