Paclitaxel, estramustine phosphate, and carboplatin in patients with advanced prostate cancer.

Journal Article


To determine the safety and activity of weekly paclitaxel in combination with estramustine and carboplatin (TEC) in patients with advanced prostate cancer.

Patients and methods

In a dose-escalation study, patients with advanced prostate cancer were administered paclitaxel (weekly 1-hour infusions of 60 to 100 mg/m(2)), oral estramustine (10 mg/kg), and carboplatin (area under the curve, 6 mg/mL-min every 4 weeks). Paclitaxel levels were determined 0, 30, 60, 90, and 120 minutes and 18 hours after infusion, and a concentration-time curve was estimated. Once a safe dose was established, a multi-institutional phase II trial was conducted in patients with progressive androgen-independent disease.


Fifty-six patients with progressive androgen-independent disease were treated for a median of four cycles. The dose of paclitaxel was escalated from 60 to 100 mg/m(2) without the occurrence of DLT. Posttherapy decreases in serum prostate-specific antigen levels of 50%, 80%, and 90% were seen in 67%, 48%, and 39% (95% confidence interval, 55% to 79%, 35% to 61%, 26% to 52%) of the patients, respectively. Of the 33 patients with measurable disease, two (6%) had a complete response and 13 (39%) had a partial response. The overall median time to progression was 21 weeks, and the median survival time for all patients was 19.9 months. Major grade 3 or 4 adverse effects were thromboembolic disease (in 25% of patients), hyperglycemia (in 38%), and hypophosphatemia (in 42%). Significant leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, and peripheral neuropathy were not observed.


TEC has significant antitumor activity and is well tolerated in patients with progressive androgen-independent prostate cancer.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kelly, WK; Curley, T; Slovin, S; Heller, G; McCaffrey, J; Bajorin, D; Ciolino, A; Regan, K; Schwartz, M; Kantoff, P; George, D; Oh, W; Smith, M; Kaufman, D; Small, EJ; Schwartz, L; Larson, S; Tong, W; Scher, H

Published Date

  • January 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 44 - 53

PubMed ID

  • 11134194

Pubmed Central ID

  • 11134194

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1527-7755

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0732-183X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1200/jco.2001.19.1.44


  • eng