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Treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma with liposomized doxorubicine: prolonged time to progression and good survival. A Nordic study
Karolinska University Hospital, Lung Diseases, Solna, Stockholm.
Finsen Institute, Department of Oncology, National University Hospital/Finsen Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Regional Hospital, Trondheim, Norway.
Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Surgery and Oncology, Department of Respiratory Medicine UHL. Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
2008 (English)In: The Clinical Respiratory Journal, ISSN 1752-6981, Vol. 2, no 2, 80-85 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Introduction: Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) has a poor prognosis and there is limited effect of treatment. Lately, pemetrexed and cisplatin have been established as the standard treatment.

Objectives: The present study was planned in 1998, when there was no standard treatment. Single-dose doxorubicine had, in small studies, accomplished remissions, and the Scandinavian Mesothelioma Groups therefore decided to test a liposomized form of this drug, which had shown limited toxicity but good efficacy in a few small studies.

Methods: Fifty-four evaluable patients with histologically verified and inoperable MPM were treated with liposomized doxorubicine 40 mg/m2, every 4 weeks for six cycles.

Results: In all, 29 patients (54%) received at least six treatments. The quality of life remained good during the study. Hematologic toxicity was very low. Palmo–plantar erythema occurred in 11 patients (20%), thereof 7 grade II but none was severe and none was dose-limiting. There were four partial responses (7%). The median time to progression (TTP) was 5 months, the median survival was 12 months, and at 24 months, 22% were still alive.

Conclusion: Liposomized doxorubicine has a low toxicity and is well tolerated; there were a remarkably long TTP and a good survival. Thus, despite the low response rate, liposomized doxorubicine remains an interesting drug for the treatment of malignant mesothelioma.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 2, no 2, 80-85 p.
Keyword [en]
liposomized doxorubicine - mesothelioma - phase II study - treatment
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-21807DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-699X.2008.00050.xOAI: diva2:241755
Available from: 2009-10-05 Created: 2009-10-05 Last updated: 2009-10-06

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