Safety and pharmacokinetic study of nab-paclitaxel plus carboplatin in chemotherapy-naïve patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer

Isamu Okamoto, Nobuyuki Yamamoto, Kaoru Kubota, Yuichiro Ohe, Naoyuki Nogami, Haruyasu Murakami, Hidetoshi Yamaya, Katsuhiro Ono, Kazuhiko Nakagawa

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Background Nanoparticle albumin-bound paclitaxel (nab-paclitaxel) is a Cremophor EL-free formulation of paclitaxel newly designed to avoid solvent-related toxicities. We have evaluated the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics, and tumor response profile of weekly nab-paclitaxel (100 mg/m2) infusion together with administration of carboplatin at an area under the curve (AUC) of 6 every 3 weeks in Japanese patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Methods Nab-paclitaxel (100 mg/m2) was administered without steroid or antihistamine premedication as a 30-min intravenous infusion once a week in combination with carboplatin at an AUC of 6 on day 1 of repeated 21-day cycles. The pharmacokinetics of both drugs were analyzed, and both adverse events and treatment response were monitored. Results Eighteen patients were enrolled in the study. The most frequent treatment-related toxicities of grade 3 or 4 were neutropenia (67%), leukopenia (50%), and anemia (22%). No severe hypersensitivity reactions were observed despite the lack of premedication, and no unexpected or new toxicities were detected. Pharmacokinetics analysis did not reveal any substantial drug-drug interactions. Seven partial responses were observed among the 18 evaluable patients, yielding a treatment response rate of 38.9%. Conclusions The combination of nab-paclitaxel (100 mg/m2) administered weekly and carboplatin at an AUC of 6 every 3 weeks was well tolerated in Japanese patients with advanced NSCLC. This combination therapy also showed promising antitumor activity and was not associated with relevant pharmacokinetic interactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1132-1137
Number of pages6
JournalInvestigational New Drugs
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2012


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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