Gemcitabine and cisplatin for patients with metastatic or recurrent esophageal carcinoma: a Southwest Oncology Group Study.

Journal Article (Clinical Trial;Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

PURPOSE: Experimental data, both in vivo and in vitro, suggest that the combination of gemcitabine and cisplatin acts synergistically. Within the Southwest Oncology Group, we designed a Phase II trial to test this chemotherapy combination for patients with esophageal cancer. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Patients with metastatic or recurrent esophageal cancer were treated with gemcitabine 1000 mg/m(2) on days 1, 8, and 15, and cisplatin 100 mg/m(2) on day 15. Cycles were repeated every 28 days. The statistical endpoint was overall survival. RESULTS: Sixty-four eligible patients were accrued from 37 institutions. Twenty-six percent of patients had prior chemotherapy. The treatment was generally well-tolerated, with the most common toxicity being neutropenia in 31% of patients. All 64 patients have died. Survival at 3 months was 81%, and at 1 year was 20%. Median survival was 7.3 months. CONCLUSIONS: This regimen is tolerable palliative option for patients with metastatic esophageal cancer.

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Cited Authors

  • Urba, SG; Chansky, K; VanVeldhuizen, PJ; Pluenneke, RE; Benedetti, JK; Macdonald, JS; Abbruzzese, JL; Southwest Oncology Group Study,

Published Date

  • January 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 91 - 97

PubMed ID

  • 14707499

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0167-6997

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1023/


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States