A dose escalation study of paclitaxel and carboplatin in untreated Japanese patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer

Yoshiko Akiyama, Yuichiro Ohe, Tomohide Tamura, Masahiro Sawada, Akira Inoue, Hitoshi Kusaba, Noboru Yamamoto, Ikuo Sekine, Hideo Kunitoh, Tetsuro Kodama, Nagahiro Saijo

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Background: The combination of paclitaxel (225 mg/m2, 3-h infusion) and carboplatin (area under the curve 6) is widely used for non-small cell lung cancer in the USA. In Japan, however, the recommended dose for single-use paclitaxel in 3-h infusion is 210 mg/m2 and the optimal dose of this agent in combination with carboplatin has not been established. This dose escalation study was designed to determine the maximum tolerated dose of paclitaxel in 3-h infusion plus carboplatin at a fixed dose of area under the curve 6 for Japanese patients with advanced, untreated non-small cell lung cancer. Methods: Between October 1999 and May 2000, 19 patients were enrolled and 18 of these patients were evaluable for toxicity. Chemotherapy consisted of carboplatin area under the curve 6 and a escalated dose of paclitaxel on day 1 every 3-4 weeks. The initial dose of paclitaxel was 175 mg/m2 and was increased by 25 mg/m2 at each dose level. Results: Neutropenia was the major toxicity observed, but was not dose related. Febrile neutropenia was not observed. No grade 3 or more peripheral neuropathy, myalgia or arthralgia was reported. The maximum tolerated dose was not determined even at the highest paclitaxel dose level (225 mg/m2) in this study. Partial responses were observed in six of the 19 patients (31.6%). Conclusion: We conclude that paclitaxel at 225 mg/m2 in 3-h infusion and carboplatin area under the curve 6 can safely be given to Japanese patients with non-small cell lung cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)482-487
Number of pages6
JournalJapanese journal of clinical oncology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Carboplatin
  • Non-small cell lung cancer
  • Paclitaxel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cancer Research


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