Background Combination therapy with gemcitabine and docetaxel has been reported to be a good therapeutic strategy for patients with soft tissue sarcoma. The aim of the present study was to analyze the efficacy and toxicity of gemcitabine with docetaxel in Japanese patients with advanced bone and soft tissue sarcoma. Patients and methods We retrospectively analyzed the effect of gemcitabine and docetaxel therapy on overall response, progression-free survival, overall survival, and toxicity in 42 patients with bone or soft tissue sarcoma who had received the therapy between October 2006 and September 2015, at Tohoku University Hospital. Results The median age was 55 years; 23 patients were men, and 19 were women. Eight had bone sarcoma and 34 had soft tissue sarcoma. Forty patients (95%) had previously been treated with one or more chemotherapeutic regimens. The overall response rate was 6.9% and the disease control rate was 55%. The median progression-free survival was 2.3 months and the median overall survival was 14.3 months. Grade 3 or more neutropenia and febrile neutropenia were observed in 74% and 4.8% of all patients, respectively. Conclusion The response rate was lower and myelosuppression was more frequently observed than in other previous reports. On the other hand, most of toxicities were enough manageable. In addition, some patients had long survival with a good response. Our study supports the notion that gemcitabine and docetaxel therapy is a good therapeutic option for treating patients with advanced soft tissue sarcoma as well as bone sarcoma, also in Asian populations.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)