Eighteen patients with metastatic or post-surgery recurrent pancreatic cancer were given weekly gemcitabine therapy. Almost all of these patients were aged or had other complications. We determined the individualized maximum repeatable dose (iMRD)as follows. We started at 500 mg/m(2) gemcitabine and repeated the treatment with an increase or a decrease of 100mg/m(2) each week, if the hematological toxicity was 0 or more than grade 1. If toxicity was grade 1, the same dose was given. And the third-week dose was an iMRD. Dose intensity was 286 mg/m(2)/week. The median survival time was 262 days. Of these 18 patients, 2 (11.1%), 11(61.1%) and 5 (27.8%) patients showed partial response, stable disease, and progressive disease, respectively. The therapeutic effects of iMRD equaled those of standard administration of gemcitabine.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Gan to kagaku ryoho. Cancer & chemotherapy|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2006|
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