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Qin S.,Peoples Liberation Army Cancer Center | Cheng Y.,Jilin Province Cancer Hospital | Liang J.,Qingdao University | Shen L.,Peking University | And 11 more authors.
Oncologist | Year: 2014

Background. The EACH study assessed the efficacy of oxali-platin, 5-fluorouracil, and leucovorin (the FOLFOX4 regimen) compared with doxorubicin alone in terms of overall survival (OS), progression-free survival (PFS), and safety in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). We present the results of this study in Chinese patients.Methods. In a multicenter, open-label, randomized, phase III study (NCT00471965), 371 patients (279 patients from the People’s Republic of China) were randomized 1:1 to receive either FOLFOX4 or doxorubicin until disease progression, intolerable toxicity, death, or surgical resection.Results. Baseline characteristics of the Chinese patients enrolled in the study were similar for the 2 treatment groups and in comparison with the whole EACH cohort. Median OS at the prespecified time point of treatment was 5.7 months with FOLFOX4 and 4.3 months with doxorubicin (hazard ratio [HR]: 0.74; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.55-0.98; p 5.03). At the end of the follow-up period, median OS was 5.9 months with FOLFOX4 and 4.3 months with doxorubicin (HR: 0.75; 95% CI: 0.58-0.98; p 5.03). Median PFS was 2.4 months and 1.7 months in the FOLFOX4 and doxorubicin groups, respectively (HR: 0.55; 95% CI: 0.45-0.78;p 5.0002).The response rate (RR) and disease control rate (DCR) were significantly higher in the FOLFOX4group than in the doxorubicin group (RR: 8.6% vs. 1.4%, p 5.006; DCR: 47.1% vs. 26.6%, p 5.0004). Hematological toxicity was more frequently reported in the FOLFOX4 group.Conclusion. For Chinese HCC patients enrolled in the EACH study, FOLFOX4 significantly improved the RR and DCR and prolonged survival compared with doxorubicin. Systemic chemotherapy with oxaliplatin-based regimens may play an important role in the treatment of Chinese patients with advanced HCC. © AlphaMed Press 2014.

Yang J.-J.,Shandong Academy of Sciences | Huang C.,Fujian Province Cancer Hospital | Chen G.-Y.,Heilongjiang Province Cancer Hospital | Song Y.,Nanjing General Hospital | And 4 more authors.
BMC Cancer | Year: 2014

Background: Recent advances have shown that histology and genetic biomarkers are important in patient selection, which have led to significantly better outcomes for lung cancer patients. However, most new treatments only apply to adenocarcinoma or non-squamous, and in squamous carcinoma there is little breakthrough. In a phase III trial nab-paclitaxel plus carboplatin showed superior response rate over paclitaxel and carboplatin. In subgroup analysis the squamous histology appeared to be a predictive factor to nab-paclitaxel treatment.Methods/Design: This is an open-label, randomized, active controlled phase II trial. A total of 120 untreated advanced squamous lung cancer patients are randomized at a 1:1 ratio to receive nab-paclitaxel (135 mg/m2, d1, 8, q3w) plus carboplatin (AUC 5, d1, q3w) or gemcitabine (1,250 mg/m2, d1, 8, q3w) and carboplatin (AUC 5, d1, q3w). The primary endpoint is objective response rate and the second endpoints are progression free survival, overall survival, safety and biomarkers associated with nab-paclitaxel. The treatment will continue up to six cycles or intolerable toxicity.Discussion: This ongoing trial will be the first prospective randomized trial to explore the efficacy of nab-paclitaxel as the first-line treatment specifically in squamous carcinoma of lung.Study number: CTONG1002. Trial Registration: Clinicaltrials.gov reference: NCT01236716. © 2014 Yang et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

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