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Testing new regimens in patients with advanced soft tissue sarcoma: analysis of publications from the last 10 years.
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PMID:  21183581     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: The prognosis of advanced soft tissue sarcoma remains poor. Many phase II trials investigating new regimens have been published in the last 10 years. Materials and methods: Full English-language reports of phase II clinical trials from January 1999 to October 2009 have been reviewed. We have defined those that provided 3- and 6-month progression-free survival rates (PFSR) >39% and 14%, respectively, as promising second-line regimens. For studies enrolling both chemonaive and pretreated patients, we have compared the reported PFSR3 to the expected PFSR3 of an active treatment administered in the same proportions of pretreated and nonpretreated patients. RESULTS: Forty-nine trials were identified. Among the trials investigating new regimens in pretreated patients alone, the promising second-line regimens were ifosfamide, brostallicin, pazopanib (except in liposarcoma), temozolomide, trabectedin, dacarbazine-gemcitabine and docetaxel (Taxotere)-gemcitabine combinations (in uterine leiomyosarcoma). Among the trials enrolling both chemonaive and pretreated patients, most regimens reached the level of efficacy; moreover, in three trials, the reported PFSR3 was particularly high: weekly paclitaxel (Taxol) in angiosarcoma, docetaxel-gemcitabine combination (in uterine leiomyosarcoma) and oral perifosine. CONCLUSIONS: In the past 10 years, several drugs or combinations have demonstrated promising activity in exploratory phase II trials and warrant further investigation in appropriate phase III trials.
N Penel; M Van Glabbeke; S Marreaud; M Ouali; J Y Blay; P Hohenberger
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2010-12-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of oncology : official journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology / ESMO     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1569-8041     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
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Created Date:  2010-12-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9007735     Medline TA:  Ann Oncol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Headquarters, EORTC, Brussels, Belgium.
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