Phase III trial of weekly methotrexate or pulsed dactinomycin for low-risk gestational trophoblastic neoplasia: A gynecologic oncology group study

Journal Article

Purpose: There is no consensus on the best regimen for the primary treatment of low-risk gestational trophoblastic neoplasia (GTN). Patients and Methods: Two commonly used single-drug regimens were compared with respect to the proportion of patients meeting the criteria for a complete response (CR) in a randomized phase III trial conducted by the Gynecologic Oncology Group. Eligibility was purposefully broad to maximize the generalizability of the results and included patients with a WHO risk score of 0 to 6 and patients with metastatic disease (limited to lung lesions < 2 cm, adnexa, or vagina) or choriocarcinoma. Results: Two hundred forty women were enrolled, and 216 were deemed eligible. Biweekly intravenous dactinomycin 1.25 mg/m2 was statistically superior to weekly intramuscular (IM) methotrexate 30 mg/m 2 (CR: 70% v 53%; P = .01). Similarly, in patients with low-risk GTN as defined before the 2002 WHO risk score revisions (risk score of 0 to 4 and excluding choriocarcinoma), response was 58% and 73% in the methotrexate and dactinomycin arms, respectively (P = .03). Both regimens were less effective if the WHO risk score was 5 or 6 or if the diagnosis was choriocarcinoma (CR: 9% and 42%, respectively). There were two potential recurrences; one at 4 months (dactinomycin) and one at 22 months (methotrexate). Not all patients completed follow-up. Both regimens were well tolerated. Conclusion: The biweekly dactinomycin regimen has a higher CR rate than the weekly IM methotrexate regimen in low-risk GTN, a generally curable disease. © 2011 by American Society of Clinical Oncology.

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Cited Authors

  • Osborne, RJ; Filiaci, V; Schink, JC; Mannel, RS; Secord, AA; Kelley, JL; Provencher, D; Miller, DS; Covens, AL; Lage, JM

Published Date

  • 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 29 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 825 - 831

PubMed ID

  • 21263100

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0732-183X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1200/JCO.2010.30.4386