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Safety and feasibility of every-other-week maintenance cetuximab after first-line chemotherapy in patients with recurrent or metastatic head and neck squamous cell cancer.
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PMID:  23042567     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: In patients with recurrent and/or metastatic head and neck squamous cell cancer (HNSCC), there are no data about an every-other-week cetuximab maintenance schedule after chemotherapy plus cetuximab as first-line treatment. METHODS: We reviewed the safety and feasibility of every-other-week maintenance cetuximab administered at 3 different European centers. RESULTS: Thirty-one patients with recurrent or metastatic HNSCC were treated from 2006 to 2010. Mean cetuximab dose intensity in the maintenance phase was 93%. The major toxicities reported during every-other-week maintenance cetuximab were skin rash (grade 3, 16%; grade 2, 23%), fatigue (grade 3, 3%; grade 2, 16%), diarrhea (grade 3, 7%; grade 2, 13%), hypomagnesemia (grade 4, 3%; grade 3, 3%; grade 2, 19%), and mucositis (grade 3, 3%; grade 2, 23%). CONCLUSIONS: Every-other-week maintenance cetuximab schedule was well tolerated and did not worsen toxicity that occurred during chemotherapy. In daily practice, this simplified schedule could improve compliance and possibly improve quality of life in patients with recurrent or metastatic HNSCC that showed no progression during first-line chemotherapy. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Head Neck, 2012.
Paolo Bossi; Gabriela Kornek; Gaetano Lanzetta; Antonio Rozzi; Thorsten Füreder; Laura Locati; Lisa Licitra
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-6
Journal Detail:
Title:  Head & neck     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1097-0347     ISO Abbreviation:  Head Neck     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-8     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8902541     Medline TA:  Head Neck     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Head and Neck Medical Oncology, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale Tumori, Milan, Italy.
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